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Keep West Sussex Safe campaign resources

Essential information for local businesses, communities, organisations and services in West Sussex.

Last updated:
8 January 2021
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1 Overview

'Keep West Sussex Safe' is the drive being led by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to encourage residents, businesses and communities to stay alert and follow government guidelines to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

We all continue to have a role to play in helping to ensure that our West Sussex residents and communities are doing everything they can to help stop the spread of the virus locally. 

This section provides local businesses, communities, organisations and services with key coronavirus messages and campaign materials. Please download or share these to encourage others to keep West Sussex safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus. If you require another format, please email:

Latest information from WSCC

This website has the latest COVID-19 information. You can also:

2 Key messages

The key messages for 'Keep West Sussex Safe' are as follows:

Hand washing

Wash your hands with soap and water more often than usual, for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.

You should always wash your hands or use hand sanitiser after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, before you eat or handle food, or when you get to work or arrive home.

Social distancing

Keep two metres away from people, or at least one metre when you can take other precautions, such as wearing a face covering, or not sitting face-to-face with someone.

Face coverings

If you can, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

You must wear a face covering at all times on public transport, when attending a hospital as a visitor or outpatient and when in shops and supermarkets.

Face coverings do not replace social distancing.

Test and trace

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested. You can also find further information on the NHS website or phone 119.

Symptoms include:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of or change in your sense of taste and smell.

If you do develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, you should immediately self-isolate at home for at least ten days from when your symptoms started. All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for ten days.

You can find translated spot the signs of coronavirus videos and key messaging on our testing information page.

If you are self-isolating and in need of support, get in touch with our community hub.

The WSCC outbreak control plan contains weekly data, including the latest figures on the number of coronavirus-related cases and deaths.

COVID-19 vaccination scam alert

We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points:

  • The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime
  • The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine and will never ask for payment or for your bank details
  • At the moment, we are not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by phoning 101.


You can view our videos and read text translations of these key messages in other languages on our Keep West Sussex Safe page.

Translated 'spot the signs of coronavirus' videos and key messaging are available on our testing information page.

3 Social media posts

See below examples of 'Keep West Sussex Safe' social media messages for Twitter and Facebook, including images. Feel free to use these and share them locally.

Twitter sample messages

1. Let’s do all we can to stop the spread of coronavirus and #KeepWestSussexSafe. Visit

2. These simple steps can stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • if you have symptoms, get tested.
  • wash your hands regularly.
  • observe social distancing.
  • wear a face covering.

For updates and information visit

3. Find out what you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 #KeepWestSussexSafe. Visit

4. We need to continue to take action to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus. Spread the message not the virus. For information about how you can #KeepWestSussexSafe. Visit

5. For updates and information on how you can #KeepWestSussexSafe. Sign up for the WSCC residents e-newsletter.

6. COVID-19 hasn't gone away. Do your bit to stop it spreading and #KeepWestSussexSafe visit

Facebook sample messages

1. Do your bit to #KeepWestSussexSafe. Spread the message not the virus, by following these simple steps:

  • if you have symptoms, get tested.
  • wash your hands regularly.
  • observe social distancing.
  • wear a face covering.

Sign up to our newsletter to get more information about COVID-19.

2. COVID-19 hasn't gone away. There is still action we need to take. Spread the message not the virus. #KeepWestSussexSafe.

3. Let’s do all we can to keep our shops and businesses open and continue to take action to stop the spread of COVID-19. #KeepWestSussexSafe.

Find updates and further information about COVID-19.

Social media messaging

A selection of images you can use to accompany social media messaging are available below.

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