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Keep West Sussex Safe campaign resources

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

Last updated:
26 October 2020
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1 Overview

We have created this page to provide local businesses, communities, organisations, and services with coronavirus campaign materials. Please download or share these messages to encourage others to keep West Sussex safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

We hope you will be able to use some of the assets in this toolkit to spread the word around our communities. Please email us at if you require any other formats.

Although coronavirus restrictions are being eased by the Government across the county, 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.

'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 and therefore the need for any local lockdown restrictions.

This toolkit has been prepared to provide you with the key 'Keep West Sussex Safe' messages and to ask if you can share them within your communities. By working together and following the simple safety guidelines outlined in the messaging, we will hopefully prevent the need for any local lockdowns within West Sussex.

Latest information from WSCC

The WSCC website has the latest information on testing and West Sussex’s Local Outbreak Plan.

2 Key messages

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

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 10 days from when your symptoms started. All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 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.


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 Editorial

You can use this editorial in any newsletters or publications you produce:

4 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

7. Let’s keep West Sussex open for business and #KeepWestSussexSafe. For updates and information on COVID-19 visit

Facebook sample messages

1. As restrictions ease, we can’t be complacent about COVID-19. Let’s do all we can to stop the spread of coronavirus in West Sussex. Visit for the latest information and to sign up for our regular e-newsletter for West Sussex residents. #KeepWestSussexSafe

2. 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.

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

4. 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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