Reading, testing, jabbing, walking: how we're coming out of lockdown in East Sussex

Would you like to view the web page version of this email? Click here

East Sussex together

12 April 2021

An update for everyone in East Sussex

Free testing for everyone


Did you know that everyone in East Sussex can now get a free, rapid test to check they're virus-free? 

You can book regular tests (twice a week is recommended) at a range of pharmacies across Sussex if you have no symptoms.

You can also collect kits to test yourself at home. Results from these lateral flow tests are ready in 30 minutes.  

Find out where to get a test near you

Because one in three people with the virus have no symptoms, you may be spreading it to people around you without realising. Regular testing, and self-isolating if positive, is the best way to stop this. 

Some employers are also offering testing kits to their staff. Businesses with 10 or more employees have until the end of today (Monday 12 April) to register with the government to receive testing kits. 

If you have coronavirus symptoms you should book a visit to one of the testing sites across East Sussex. There's more information about coronavirus testing and support on our site. 

Libraries reopen from today


We look forward to welcoming you back to our libraries from today.

A limited number of people will be allowed into the buildings at one time and will be able to browse a reduced number of books. You can return books at drop boxes outside all our libraries, without going into the library building.

Customers will still be able to reserve any item from our lending stock; and collect it from the library of their choice.

Computers will be available during time-limited, pre-booked sessions. 

See the latest library updates on our site

Invited for your jab? Get it done now


Have you been invited for a Covid-19 vaccine but haven’t had it yet?

There are appointments available this week at vaccination centres in Eastbourne, Brighton, Crawley and Chichester. Book now online or call 119.

Stay safe, stay local


We'd suggest staying as close to home as you can even as you enjoy England's gradual release from lockdown. East Sussex is fortunate to have lower rates of Covid infection than most other places, but this could change quickly. 

Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health for East Sussex, said:

"I'd still advise everyone to avoid long journeys and busier places. People have done a great job in helping reduce infection rates in East Sussex and the best way to continue that is to stay local if you possibly can to protect yourself and others."

News in other formats and languages

For coronavirus updates in British Sign Language visit Sign Health

See videos about the NHS vaccination programme in other languages 

Find out how to access Coronavirus information in other formats or languages on our website.

Hands face space