Coronavirus and East Sussex - update

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Coronavirus alerts.

23 March 2020


This update is for members of East Sussex County Council and our partners

The latest health situation in East Sussex

According to the latest figurThere are nine cases of coronavirus in East Sussex confirmed by Public Health England and sadly a second person has died from the disease. 

However, as testing has been confined to hospitals and anyone showing symptoms associated with the virus has been advised to isolate themselves at home, there will certainly be more instances of the virus in East Sussex than the number of confirmed cases. 

(For information: Across the UK there are now 5,683 confirmed cases. 68 in Surrey, 48 in Kent, 27 in West Sussex, 17 in Brighton & Hove)

The full NHS advice is here

Guidance for councillors

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published guidance to support councillors.

The guidance focuses on specific issues relevant to councillors’ involvement in leading and protecting communities, as well as highlighting the role they can play in supporting their communities through these difficult times.

For more detail: LGA advice for councillors

Community hubs

We are working with our borough and district colleagues to create Community Hubs in each of our district areas. The intention is to co-ordinate appeals for help and volunteers. We are working on this as a matter of priority and will update you as soon as we can.

Disruption to our services

Our focus at East Sussex County Council remains keeping services operating wherever possible, especially those for vulnerable adults and children.

However the spread of the virus and national precautions applied locally mean there is inevitably disruption to some of our services.

This page has the latest information on changes to ESCC services.

Household Waste & Recycling Centres

All 10 of our household waste and recycling centres will be closed after today until further notice.

Closure of our libraries

Hopefully you will have seen our update on Saturday, but if not:

Following the Government’s decision to ask public venues including pubs, restaurants, theatres and leisure centres to shut on Friday, we decided to close all our libraries from today (March 23) until further notice.

All current and new library loans are extended until at least June 30, so no one has to worry about overdue library books or other items, and we have scrapped fines for any items that were due to be returned after March 9, 2020.

Our online library will, of course, operate as normal and we have increased the number of items available online. Our eLibrary, which can be accessed via, includes not just books but also audiobooks, magazines and reference material.

Cancellation of GCSE and A-Level exams

The Govt has provided more information on the cancellation of exams that were due to take place in May and June. Crucially, there is clarification about how students will be awarded grades.

GCSE and A-Level Exam cancellation - grading clarification

Restaurants, cafes, theatres and leisure venues

The Government has now instructed all of these to close, and is warning them they may be fined if they do not comply.

It is also urging people to only travel if it's absolutely necessary

Govt measures on social distancing

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) on social distancing

ESHT Medical Director, Dr David Walker is urging people In East Sussex to follow government advice on social distancing to help the local NHS.

ESHT on social distancing


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