A new Covid moment: what's changing in East Sussex.

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East Sussex together

4 November 2020


An update for everyone in East Sussex

"Our response starts now"

Cllr Keith Glazier

"At midnight East Sussex will join the rest of England under strict new Covid restrictions. I know this will be very difficult for many of us, for our families and businesses.

"I'd like to assure you that we will work together to protect and support each other. In this newsletter we outline how we expect some of our services to change and where you can look for support if needed.

"All of us can work together on a response which brings the virus down. Stay at home if you can, keep a distance and protect each other when you have to go out. This is a moment which really matters. Thank you."

Keith Glazier, Leader of East Sussex County Council

How will your services change?

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  • Libraries will close from tomorrow but we hope to run a click and collect service from Monday 9 November and bookings for urgent computer sessions.  
  • Register offices will not offer weddings or civil partnerships. Births and deaths can be registered by phone and by appointment. Citizenship ceremonies will be online. 
  • Household waste sites (tips) will remain open. 
  • Schools, nurseries and colleges will remain open. 


All changes will apply until at least 2 December (if agreed by Parliament today as expected).

Stay updated on service changes at our website 

Where can you get support?

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If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (often people who were previously advised to shield for medical reasons) you will soon receive a letter from the Government providing guidance. You can also find this guidance about how to stay safe online. 
Guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable

If you are not in this group, but may need help because of ill-health, isolation or access to essentials, there is a range of support available. Find out about services that can help with specific issues, like mental health support, and what to do if you can’t get food, medicines, or are lonely and isolated, on our community support web pages. This includes how to contact your nearest community hub.

If you run a business and need advice you can get direct support from Business East Sussex

Find all our coronavirus help and support for East Sussex


East Sussex and Covid-19: latest updates

Covid testing

Cases of Covid-19 are rising in East Sussex - with the last seven days showing 72 per 100,000 population. Every age group is affected.

This rate is below the England average of 226 cases per 100,000 but is still of great concern. Actions we take now will affect the course of the virus. 

There are several sites in East Sussex where you can get tested if you have symptoms. 

Read regular updates and more information about East Sussex from Director of Public Health, Darrell Gale. 

National data on coronavirus

Latest NHS advice and booking a test

Stay alert.