Coronavirus (COVID-19) 13 May: Information and advice for public and businesses

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice for public and businesses

Timestamp: 13 May 2020

This is a regular email bulletin from Horsham District Council updating you on the latest guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), updates about Council services and actions being taken.

This bulletin has been sent to public email subscribers, Horsham District Council members, Parish Council clerks and Horsham District Council staff.

Government response to the coronavirus pandemic

The Government has set out a plan for the second phase of the national response to coronavirus, which includes a number of changes to the way we are living our lives. All of these changes come into effect today Wednesday 13 May.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. The Government advice is:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms


Read updated guidance online

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday evening, the Government have provided more guidance about what the changes mean to individuals and their families:

Parks and open spaces

The Government's guidance states that from today Wednesday 13 May you can exercise outdoors as often as you wish while following social distancing guidelines. You can use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart.


Changes to parks and countryside sites from today Wednesday 13 May

  • Social gatherings of more than two people from different households are still not permitted. However, it is now possible to meet a single individual from outside your household group outdoors, if social distancing is observed.
  • All our playgrounds and outdoor gyms, skate parks and the Highwood pump track are to remain closed at present in line with Government guidance. It is still not permitted to play team games, except with members of your immediate household.
  • Our tennis courts and ball courts have re-opened, but the guidance about social distancing remains in place. Pe-bookable courts only at (Charges do apply)
  • It is now permissible to drive to take exercise or visit outdoors sites.

Visit our website for full details about our parks and countryside sites, including what is open and what is closed.

We are urging everyone to be alert for others and stay 2m apart, not to gather socially and to take their litter home with them.

Financial support

Self-employment Income Support Scheme: make a claim online

The online application service for the Self-employment Income Support scheme has been launched by the Government.

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be able to claim a grant using this scheme.

The scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it may be extended.

Waste and Recycling

Household Waste Recycling sites

The Household Waste Recycling Sites across West Sussex have re-opened for limited items, West Sussex County Council has confirmed.

  • Only garden waste and residual waste will be accepted. Garden waste means green waste such as grass cuttings and hedge trimmings. Residual waste is other waste that presents a risk of injury or harm to health and will be landfilled. Please continue to use your household collections for recycling and general waste.
  • Only cars will be allowed on site. Trailers and large vehicles such as vans and pickups will not be allowed access at this time.
  • Safety measures will be in place to protect staff and the public.

Before planning your journey you should:

  • Consider whether your journey is essential. You should only visit a HWRS if your waste presents a risk of injury or harm to health and cannot be put out with your regular kerbside collection. If it doesn’t please safely store your items at home for now.  
  • Check opening hours. Sites will be running their usual summer opening days and hours. Not all sites are open every day, so please make sure to check before making a journey.

For full information and opening hours, visit the Recycle for West Sussex website. The Household Waste Recycling Sites are managed by West Sussex County Council.

Community safety and support

Safe Space Sussex for victims relaunched in lockdown

‘Safe Space Sussex’ is an online directory of local victim services. In response to the lockdown and concerns raised around crimes like Domestic Abuse, the Safe Space website is relaunching with new features to support victims of all types of crime, both physical and cyber crime.  

A campaign has also been launched on social media to help help let victims know that support services are available if they reach out for help – search #SafeSpaceSussex.

Visit the Safe Space Sussex website


Support available for people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are all in this together and no one should be left to feel like there isn't support available to them. There are a range of support systems in place to help people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). These are being managed at either national, county or local level depending on which group you fall into.

Visit our website for a list of support available for residents throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Health and wellbeing

Pilates for Beginners

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on balance, posture, strength and flexibility. The best thing about Pilates is that it's suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Get yourself into some comfortable clothes, grab an exercise mat or a blanket and get the family involved with this 45 minute Pilates for Beginners video from the NHS.

If you like this class you may enjoy vinyasa flow yoga or pyjama pilates.

Quick links


NHS information and advice

Staying at home: what you can and can't do

Getting financial help and keeping your business safe

Self-employed – what to do if you’re getting less or no work

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure