Let's not get complacent about Covid in East Sussex

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15 October 2020

This is not the time to be complacent


A message from Darrell Gale. Director of Public Health for East Sussex.

"I'm very pleased that a new walk-through testing centre will open tomorrow (Friday) in Hastings. The site is at the car park of the former Helenswood Academy upper school site in The Ridge.

"This will increase the options for people with symptoms of the virus to get a test, particularly anyone without access to a private vehicle.

"It adds to the other sites in East Sussex where you can book a test: Devonshire Park car park in Eastbourne, Plumpton Racecourse and Wainwright Road in Bexhill.  

"In addition, a mobile testing unit will be at County Hall in St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes from tomorrow to Sunday (Oct 16-18) offering walk-through and drive-through tests."

Book a test at GOV.UK or by calling 119.

"You may have seen that the Government’s new three-tier system of Covid-19 restrictions places East Sussex in the medium risk tier (the other tiers are high risk and very high risk).  This reflects the fact we have lower rates of infection that in England as a whole. Here we have 430 cases per 100,000 population: for England the average is 989 per 100,000. So no new restrictions have been applied to East Sussex: it remains the case that no one should gather in groups of more than six people and that pubs and restaurants must close by 10pm.  

"But now isn’t a time to become complacent."

"A few weeks ago, Eastbourne saw a sharp rise in cases and now we are seeing an increased number of positive test results in the Hastings and Wealden areas. In all parts of East Sussex, things can change very quickly so it's vital we remain alert and follow the guidance."

Remember; Hands. Face. Space. and, if you develop any Covid-19 symptoms, a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – self isolate immediately and book a test.

All libraries re-open on Monday

Crowb library

Every library in East Sussex will be open again from Monday (Oct 19). Services and opening hours are limited to ensure we can manage customer safety and if you can use the online library instead, please do. 

Visitors who do need to attend a library in person will be required to wear a facemask (unless exempt), follow social distancing and provide contact information.

Read more about library services and opening hours.

A Halloween at home?

Halloween pumpkin

The middle of a pandemic probably isn't the best time to go trick or treating - so perhaps a Halloween at home might appeal this year? We've rounded up some alternative suggestions for how it might still be possible to enjoy the festival without putting yourself at more risk. 

Tricks and treats for a Halloween at home

Stay alert.