Coronavirus (COVID-19) 24 December: Sussex will move to Tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice for the public from Horsham District Council

Timestamp: 24 December 2020

Sussex will move to Tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day

Due to very rapidly rising level of infections, Sussex, including Horsham District, will move to Tier 4 restrictions from 00:01 on Boxing Day 26 December.

This means that tighter restrictions will be in place to curb the rising levels of infections.


Tier 4: Stay at Home

These new restrictions mean:

  • all non-essential shops, hair and beauty salons, indoor gyms and leisure facilities will close 
  • you must work from home if you can and only travel if absolutely necessary for work, education or essential reasons including to get food or attend a medical appointment
  • you cannot mix indoors with anyone you do not live with (other than those in your support bubble)
  • you can only meet with one other person outdoors, in an open public space
  • you should stay at home as much as possible to protect yourself and your family.

Full details of Tier 4 restrictions can be found on the government's website

Your Council services

The announcement that Sussex will move into Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions from Boxing Day 26 December means that some of our services will be impacted. Below is a brief overview of our services.

Visit our website for full details about our services


Leisure venues

Parks and open spaces

  • Parks and open spaces - Remain open, including playgrounds, skate parks (except , pump tracks, allotments, ball courts, tennis courts and outdoor gym equipment
  • Warnham Nature Reserve - Shut on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Heron’s Rest Café will open from Monday 28 December for takeaway drinks and food
  • Southwater Country Park café - Closed on Christmas Day and open from Boxing Day onwards for takeaway drink and food

Waste and Recycling

  • Household Waste Collections - Will continue as normal, subject to the change of days due to the bank holidays. Check your bin calendar for Christmas and New Year collection times
  • Household Waste Recycling Sites (West Sussex County Council) - Closed from midday Christmas Eve and will reopen from Sunday 27 December to their regular hours

Horsham Markets

  • Essential stalls only, click & collect and delivery options available

Homelessness and help staying in your home

If you are homeless or facing homelessness please contact us by email For Homeless Outreach Support contact us 9am-5pm Monday-Friday on 07519 110031.

Remember the basics. Hands. Face. Space

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. It's important to remember the basics.

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

Follow the guidance on meeting others safely