Essex County Council details which services are open and closed

News / Wed 4th Nov 2020 at 06:35pm

FOLLOWING the Prime Minister’s announcement that England will enter into a second national lockdown from Thursday 5 November, Essex County Council (ECC) has been putting plans in place for the continued provision of key services.

The lockdown will have implications for some County Council services, meaning they will be required to adapt their usual operations in order to adhere to new national guidelines. 

The second national lockdown won’t involve the same level of restrictions introduced in March and wherever possible ECC services will remain in operation. However, in some instances the national guidelines will mean that some will need to be temporarily paused.

From Thursday 5 November:

  • Essex Country Parks will remain open, including car parks, children’s play equipment and toilets. Some cafés will also continue to offer a takeaway service in line with government guidance. All visitors are required to follow government guidelines. More details can be found here https://www.explore-essex.com/covid-19-updates
  • Outdoor spaces at Cressing Temple Barns, including the grounds and restored Tudor Walled Garden, will remain open for the benefit of local communities during the national lockdown.
  • All Essex recycling centres will remain open as per current operating times. https://www.loveessex.org/find-your-nearest-recycling-centre/
  • Public transport will continue to operate in line with government guidelines.
  • Essex Registration Service and Blue Badge Assessments that take place from libraries will continue to operate. Ceremonies of marriage or civil partnership will be unable to take place. https://www.essex.gov.uk/topic/births-ceremonies-deaths
  • Essex Libraries will be closed to the public in terms of book borrowing. However, some sites will continue to offer public computer use by appointment only. Where possible the Home Library Service will continue. A new click and collect service will be put in place and more details will be shared shortly. The e-library service is still fully accessible. The mobile library service will temporarily be paused. More details can be found here https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/
  • Essex Outdoor Centres and The Lock climbing wall will close during the national lockdown. https://www.essexoutdoors.com/
  • The Essex Record Office will be closed, with certificate service available online. https://www.essexrecordoffice.co.uk/visit-us/coronavirus-latest-information/

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “We are doing everything we can to ensure vital services remain available to Essex residents through lockdown, in line with government guidance and where needed are adapting services and putting additional measures in place so that they can keep running.

“We are in a much stronger position than the first lockdown back in March – we know what works and can move quickly to implement the appropriate government guidance, as we receive it.

“I would like to thank our residents, businesses and employees for their patience at this time, and remind everyone that the most important thing is that we all play our part, follow the rules and stick to social distancing guidance – if we do, it will mean we exit this second lockdown as soon as possible. But we can only do this by working together.”

Guidance around Remembrance Sunday is being shared on ECC’s social media channels and by District, Borough and City councils and faith organisations.

Further guidance and updates on any changes to other services will also be shared via ECC’s website and social media channels when it is available.

Residents are encouraged to visit essex.gov.uk in the first instance if they have any queries as website content is being regularly updated as and when new guidance is received.          

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