Schools close and other new lockdown restrictions

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East Sussex together

4 January 2021

New lockdown sends teaching online

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Schools in East Sussex will close and move teaching online until at least February half-term under a new national Covid lockdown announced by the Prime Minister this evening .

From tonight, the new national restrictions mean there are extra rules in place, in addition to the Tier 4 regulations which already apply across East Sussex. 


  • Schools and colleges will teach online (although some will open for children who are vulnerable or whose parents/carers are key workers. Nurseries can also remain open). 
  • You must only leave your house for a few specific reasons (to exercise, shop for food, get essential medical help, if you absolutely cannot work at home or if your safety is threatened). 

National lockdown laws: stay at home 

Please remember that infection rates are very high in our county but we can reduce them by strictly following the restrictions and by hand-washing and wearing face coverings. We can help our hard-pressed hospitals and health services to cope.  

If you get even mild symptoms, arrange a test and self-isolate for 10 days. 

Vaccination against the virus is continuing and the NHS is asking everyone to be patient as you will be contacted when it's your turn to get the jab. NHS vaccination information.

Where to look for support


Support for the most vulnerable

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (CEV) are being asked to shield themselves.  Read the latest advice and find out about access to support.

Support in your community

Community Hubs are here to help people affected by the pandemic who have no one else to turn to. Find out about the support available and how to access it.  

Support for businesses

To find out if your business has been affected by the latest restrictions visit Business support – GOV.UK

You can also find out about local support on business and employment support web page

This information in other formats

For information about the latest restrictions in British Sign Language visit Sign Health, their latest #2MinuteUpdate gives an overview of the restrictions for each tier.

We will be sharing an Easy Read version of this information as soon as it is available. Find out how to access Coronavirus information in other formats or languages on our website.

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