What the national restrictions mean for you

Changes to council services

Updated 5 November 2020

National restrictions mean some of our services will change. We advise you to check back here often, or check for social media updates.

The following services have changed.

Births, ceremonies and deaths

Registration services will continue using our booking system. Marriage or civil partnership ceremonies will not take place.

For more information, visit Birth, Ceremonies and Deaths webpages.


Most Essex libraries will be temporarily closed to the public. 16 sites will remain open to offer registration services and public computer access by appointment only.

For more information visit Essex Libraries website.

Roads, streets and transport

Public transport will continue to operate in line with government guidelines. We advise you to check your transport operator's website before setting out on your journey.

Planning, land and recycling

All 21 recycling centres remain open, but expect delays.

Read the site restrictions and social distancing measures before visiting.

Leisure, culture and heritage

Essex Country Parks

All parks remain open, including outdoor spaces at Cressing Temple Barns. Parks, car parks, children’s play equipment and toilets will remain open. Some cafés continue to offer a takeaway service.

Sky Ropes at Great Notley is closed.

For more information visit Explore Essex website.

Essex Outdoor Centres and The Lock Climbing Wall

Essex Outdoor Centres and the Lock Climbing Wall are closed.

Check social media for news and updates @EssexOutdoors or visit Essex Outdoors website.

The Essex Record Office (ERO)

ERO is closed. Some online services are still available.

For more information visit the ERO website.


All weddings are suspended at Cressing Temple Barns and Essex Record Office. We will be in touch with all our couples directly to discuss new arrangements.

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