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25 March 2020

We know that residents in our town will be very worried about the coronavirus and taking their own action during this extremely difficult time. It is heartwarming that many residents have spontaneously started to support their own local neighbourhood and vulnerable people, by providing assurance and practical support where needed.

LRA remains your residents association and contactable, however please realise that we are all volunteers and some of us will have to self isolate.

We are doing our best to keep up with what is happening locally, so can share the following local information and updates that we know about with you. Please remember that things can change, so do check directly with the organisation concerned if need be.

You can also follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook. You don't need to register or follow us for these - just click on the links.

Government and NHS Advice

The Goverment
(Latest updates here)

The NHS (Latest updates here)

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Instead of going to your GP surgery, take control of your healthcare with Patient Access (an NHS partner) which connects you to local health services when you need them most. Book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions & discover local health services for you or your family on a mobile or computer. More

Helping Others

There are many voluntary organisations that will support our local community. These are many and varied and too numerous for us to track and report on.

Supermarket Opening Times

These details could change. Check the websites for Sainsburys, M&S and Morrisons for the latest updates or if your shopping visit is important. Please respect the special opening hours below for those in need.

M&S Food, High Road
Open for vulnerable and elderly customers (More): Monday and Thursday 8am to 9am
Open for NHS and emergency service workers (More): Tuesday and Friday 8am to 9am

General opening hours
Monday to Saturday 8am to 9pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

Morrisons, High Road
Open for NHS and social care workers (More): Monday to Saturday 7am to 8am

General opening hours
Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm

Sainsburys, The Broadway and Station Road
Open for elderly customers, disabled customers and carers only (More): Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am to 9am
Open for NHS and social care workers (More): Monday to Saturday 7:30am to 8am

General opening hours
Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

Sainsburys, Church Hill is open Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm, however it is not clear whether the hours for special groups of people as above apply.

Sainsburys Home Delivery
Priority access for home delivery and access to Click & Collect services is being given to certain online customers. This includes those who are over 70 years of age, vulnerable, or who have a disability. More


From Transport for London (Latest updates here)
In line with Government advice, please do not travel unless your journey is absolutely essential.

From Essex County Council (Latest updates here)

Our Local Businesses

Many busineses are locally family owned businesses and need support, or they may not survive. Although restaurants and cafes have closed their doors some will still be doing takeaway business, so please consider using them if you're short of food or want to support your local businesses.


From the Town Council

Following the latest Government advice, all Loughton Town Council staff will be working from home.

Loughton Library and Town Hall and all Loughton Town Council playgrounds (including Traps Hill, Colebrook Lane, Oakwood Hill, Newman’s Lane, Hillyfields, Westall Road, Felstead Road and at Roding Valley Recreation Ground) will be closed until further notice. All outdoor gym equipment should not be used, as per Government directive.

All scheduled Council Committee Meetings are now cancelled until further notice.

Council Officers will have access to their emails. You can continue to contact the Council for urgent business on contact@loughton-tc.gov.uk or via the contact page on our website. You may experience some delay in responses.

Updates will be posted on the website and Facebook page.

Your co-operation and understanding during this difficult period is much appreciated. Please heed the Government advice and take care of yourselves and each other.

District Council
- Latest update
County Council - Latest update
The County Council has also written to residents.

Councillors will remain contactable, but please realise a substantial number may have to self-isolate. 


The District Council are warning that fraudsters are using the pandemic to target elderly, vulnerable people already worried about their health and future. More

There are reports of:

Please beware, and please also let your elderly friends and neighbours know about it.

17 March 2020

Stay up to date with the latest news and advice from the County Council, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the NHS.

If you think you have symptoms, or you might have been exposed to the virus when travelling, the NHS advises to protect yourself and others, do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.