Keep West Sussex Safe

Find out how you can help keep West Sussex safe and prevent new outbreaks.

Hand washing, social distancing, wearing a mask and testing for the virus.

Current alert level

The current alert level for all district and borough councils in West Sussex is medium.

The medium level consists of the current national measures which came into force on 25 September.

This means a raised alert level due to an increase. To slow the virus, continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings where advised, limit contact between households and follow the ‘rule of six’.

Actions to take

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.

Information on what you can and cannot do, as well as how to stay safe outside your home can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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.

Further information on when you need to wear face coverings, exemptions, and how to make your own face covering can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Test and trace

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested. You can also visit NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) or call 119.

Symptoms include a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of or change in your sense of taste or smell.

If you develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, you should immediately self-isolate stay 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 14 days.

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

NHS COVID-19 app

We’re encouraging all residents to download the new NHS COVID-19 app to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The app allows you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, and check into venues by simply scanning a QR code.

Businesses, such as restaurants and pubs, are legally required to display a QR code poster for you to scan.

This means if people visit the venue and later test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time may be sent an alert, if necessary.

The app does this while protecting your anonymity. Nobody, including the Government, will know who or where a particular user is. Instead, your postcode district (the first part of your postcode) helps the app work out where the virus is spreading.

Without a vaccine or treatment, we all need to do everything we can to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The new app is an important part of the Government’s programme. By downloading and using the app, you’ll be helping to protect those around you – friends, family, colleagues and local communities.


The following documents provide these key messages in another language:


The following translated videos provide key messages about COVID-19 in West Sussex.

Frequently asked questions

Take a look at the frequently asked questions we have been receiving about local outbreaks, lockdowns and keeping safe.

Last updated:
26 October 2020
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