Covid-19 Updates


Covid-19 Update

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, half of the staff are currently working from home. However, those staff who need to be in the office for the effective discharge of their duties continue to work at our office building in Great Dunmow. There will consequently be no interruption to our telephone services or any other functions of the association.

For anyone looking to get in touch about grants we run, Louise Gambardella, Funding Officer can be reached on the association mobile: 07495 915912.

Office consultations and face-to-face training courses are not taking place. Instead, they are all being conducted virtually. They will continue to be held virtually until further notice.


Below is a key of each EALC Covid-19 Update

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6th May


Update on the status of remote council meetings following the high court verdict

76 26th March


Government announces remote meeting powers are not being extended

75 19th March Annual Parish Meetings update
74 15th March Testing the households of school pupils. Free Lateral Flow Tests now available to order.
73 11th March Easing of some national lockdown restrictions. What changes are coming?
72 7th January
  • Coronavirus Case Studies
  • Stay at Home to Stay the Tide of Covid

  • ‘Major Incident’ declared by Essex Resilience Forum

71 23rd December How to support residents through a "Covid Christmas." Details of links to resident support networks and community groups are provided.
70 9th December NHS Essex details of the Volunteer Steward Role which helps support the vaccination programme.
69 3rd November

New guidance from HM Government and the NALC on Town & Parish Councils running Remembrance Day services during Covid-19.

68 23rd October

New guidance from Essex County Council on what Tier Two means for the residents of Essex (excluding the Southend and Thurrock unitary areas).

67 16th October

Following yesterday’s Covid-19 Update, please find the attached tool kit and ECC breaking news logo. These items should help Town & Parish Councils notify their residents about what Tier Two of the new alert system entails.

66 15th October

Essex County Council have made the decision to deliver their Tier Two information leaflets by a third-party supplier. We therefore ask all Parish & Town Councils to stand down the volunteers which have been mobilised for delivery. Thank you to all those Councils who kindly offered their support with this endeavour.

65 13th October

Essex are to enter the Covid-19 alert system’s “High Risk” category from Saturday 17th October onwards. This proactive decision to make early entry into Tier Two from Essex County Council is designed to prevent further escalation into Tier Three, thus avoiding a full lockdown in Essex. ECC therefore request that Town & Parish Councils mobilise volunteer groups and Council Officers to help deliver explanatory leaflets to vulnerable residents in addition to publicising the new move though their media outlets.

64 23rd September

Launch of the new NHS Test & Trace App. This issue explains the legal necessity for venues to display QR codes and collect customer/ visitor contact details. Please also see attached, an important explanatory letter from Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council.

63 15th September

New Covid-19 guidance from NALC: what the recent change in Government restrictions means for Town and Parish Councils.



10th September

New Guidance from Essex Highways on the state of Essex's Roads, infrastructure, the Stop Swap Go 60 day challenge and the Government's Emergency Travel Scheme.

61 9th September

HM Government announces that social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday 14th September onwards. 

Council meetings must therefore continue virtually until further notice.

This is as a consequence of a steep rise in Coronavirus cases. There will be some exemptions to this new ruling. The law change bans larger groups from meeting anywhere indoors or out. 

60 10th August 2020  

Notice to Association Members that the staff have now returned to the EALC office building. The phone is therefore switched on, and we are happy to take calls to answer requests for information, legal enquires, publication orders, bookings and other assorted questions.

Face-to-face consultations and training courses/forums will not resume until further notice, as such meetings are not yet deemed safe by the government.

 59 2nd July 2020

Can we resume in-person meetings or should we continue with virtually? The attachment outlines the prescribed advice of the NALC. This guidance is for the EALC Member Councils, Chairman and Mayors, Councillors and Clerks.

58 24th June 2020 Easing of Lockdown Restrictions (including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, outdoor gyms & Playgrounds, Cinemas, Museums, Galleries, Theme Parks & Arcades, Libraries, Social Clubs & Community Centres, Places of Worship, Accommodation Sites, Two Metres Rule, How Businesses can reduce the risk, Courts & Probation Services and Education, Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding, Accessing food and essential supplies, Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses. None
57 17th June 2020 New Guidance from Essex Highways. None
56 12th June 2020 Essex Libraries service update, HSE Bulletin Safety Alert, Essex County Council Update, Essex Fraud Alert, Coronavirus (COVID-19): ministerial direction for early payment of grants.
55 11th June 2020 Meeting people from outside your household, Guidance for local councils during the coronavirus.  
54 10th June 2020 NALC and BHIB release new risk assessment guide, Essex Resilience Forum Briefing Note.
53 9th June 2020 Mid and South Essex CCGs COVID-19 update, NALC publishes new edition of Points of Light.
52 8th June 2020 Latest News from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, A message from Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch, Places of worship to re-open for individual prayer, Face masks and coverings to be worn by all NHS hospital staff and visitors, Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, NALC has launched a new publication on website accessibility requirements.
51 5th June 2020 Focus on Work-Related Stress: HSE, Essex Libraries service update, ERP Monthly Bulletin, Essex Fraud Alert, Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport, NALC Bulletin, Essex Highways  IMPORTANT   NEW EALC Communications Enquiry email address.