As COVID restrictions relax further from Monday 12 April our high street businesses are adapting to the new normal way of life.
While more shops, businesses and leisure activities can re-open and Government guidance moves from stay home to stay local we’re reasssuring people that our high streets and businesses are doing their very best to keep us as safe as possible.
Advice and support
COVID Ambassadors will be out and about in town centres across the district next week offering advice and support on COVID secure measures and helping businesses and shoppers understand the new rules.
Council officers will be working alongside local policing teams to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the guidance.
Because hospitality venues are currently restricted to operating outdoors, cafes, bars, pubs can apply for a pavement license.
Rules remain to help keep us safe:
- Hands – keep washing your hands regularly
- Face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Space – stay 2 metres apart
- Fresh Air – only meet family and friends outside
While the healthiest way to access shops and businesses is by walking or cycling, we know it’s not always suitable to leave the car at home when out shopping or running errands.
So, to help further, all Epping Forest District Council Pay & Display car parks will be free from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 April 2021.
Click It Local
After months of lockdown some people may not feel confident in venturing out, so the new virtual high street delivery service Click It Local Epping Forest offers the chance to support local businesses while remaining at home until confidence grows.
Here’s what businesses can reopen from Monday:
- All non-essential shops
- Personal care i.e. hairdressing and beauty salons
- Libraries and community centres
- Outdoor hospitality
- Indoor parent / child groups (up to 15 people)
- Funerals (up to 30 people)
- Weddings, wakes and receptions (up to 15 people)
Be as careful as possible
Dr Mike Gogarty, Essex County Council’s Director of Public Health said:
While infection rates will inevitably rise as restrictions ease, I urge everyone to be as careful as possible and not risk losing the freedom we are all looking forward to enjoying again.
The actions we choose from next week will have consequences and I encourage everyone to play their part.
For more information:
Financial help for businesses
Businesses who need financial help to adapt their premises for reopening can still apply for a grant. Find out about the Essex business adaption fund grant:
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