Basildon Council's 'Shop Local Shop Safe' campaign continues to support our high street and town centre businesses since reopening after lockdown.

COVID-19 - Shop Local Stay Safe brand logoImage promoting COVID-19 precautions - wearing of face masksFace coverings from 24 July

Face coverings must now be worn in shops, supermarkets, banks, indoor shopping centres and bus and train stations and public transport.

Face coverings do not need to be a mask, they can be a fabric covering, scarf or bandana - that covers the nose and mouth. For further information see:

From Saturday 8 August

From Saturday 8 August the list of places where you must wear a face covering will be expanded. to see a list visit:

Exemptions - People who do not have to wear a face mask

The following people do not have to wear a face mask:

  • anyone under the age of 11
  • those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering

For more information on exemptions and to download exemption cards, visit:

Exemptions - Places where you do not have to wear a face mask

Wearing a face covering is not required in other venues that have measures in place to protect staff and the public from COVID-19. These include:

  • eat-in restaurants and pubs
  • gyms and leisure centres

For further guidance see:

Shop Local Shop Safe - FREE parkingFREE parking in council owned car parks until further notice

Parking at Basildon Council managed car parks will be free until the end of this year to boost high street recovery.


  • Billericay High Street car park (rear of Iceland)
  • Billericay Radford Crescent car park (opposite Billericay Railway Station)
  • Billericay Lake Meadows car park (access from Radford Crescent)


  • Wickford Main car park (between High Street and railway line)
  • Wickford Ladygate car park (next to Ladygate Shopping Centre)
  • Wickford Swimming Pool car park (rear of pool)

Free parking at council managed car parks is in support of our high streets and part of the Shop Local, Shop Safe campaign, which aims to encourage shoppers to support their local high street and support shopkeepers in reopening in a safe manner.

COVID-19 - Beauty salons nail bar open from 13 July -  COVID-19 safety campaign imagePlease be patient whilst venues reopen and adjust

From Monday 13 July, beauty salons, nail bars, tattoo studios, physical therapy businesses and spas will be allowed to reopen so long as they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.

During this transitional period, we are asking everyone to:

  • Remain kind and considerate and if you see an issue to raise it thoughtfully with staff
  • Wash your hands regularly to take care of stopping the spread of coronavirus
  • Remember, COVID-19 restrictions which are still in place mean that businesses may not be allowed to provide all their usual services.
  • Wear a face covering if using public transport or a taxi
  • Support the NHS Test and Trace scheme if you are asked to.

The government has also issued guidance stating that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart,  people must keep a social distance of 'one metre plus'. This means staying one metre apart plus as much extra distance as possible closer to 2 metres in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

While the infection rate continues to fall, the government has been clear that the public must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep coronavirus under control.

Basildon Council's 'Shop Local Shop Safe' campaign is supporting all our high street and town centre businesses as they reopen.

COVID-19 - Shop Local Shop Safe campaign posterOur 'Shop Local Shop Safe' campaign is supporting local businesses who are working hard to reopen their premises safely. We all want visitors to our high streets and town centres to be as safe as possible when businesses reopen over the coming weeks and months ahead.

When out shopping...

When out shopping please follow these 5 pointers to ensure you and others around you have safe shopping experience:

  • Maintain social distancing
  • Be patient when queuing
  • Avoid shopping at peak times
  • Keep your hands as clean as possible
  • If you can, wear a face mask

In Basildon, Billericay and Wickford town centre shopping areas...

  • 20 mph speed limit in Billericay and Wickford High Streets
  • Route marking and signage will be displayed
  • You will notice several new measures designed to protect you. These include:
    • limits to the number of customers in a store at one time,
    • markings inside and outside stores to help with queue distancing
    • cleaning stations and one-way systems
  • You will also be encouraged to pay by card and you'll notice that many shops have installed panels to protect staff at tills.

Keep in touch with our Shop Safe posts on facebook and twitter

  • updates and information for shoppers will be posted on the council's facebook and twitter channels.

Shop Local Shop Safe A4 campaign posters for shops and businesses

The following A4 posters have been designed to help shops and retail businesses make a good recovery by creating a safe shopping experience for customers and staff when they re-open for business from Monday 15 June onwards.

Help us to help your business recover from the COVID-19 crisis by displaying the posters that best suit the needs of your shop or business.