COVID-19 restrictions

Rules and roadmap.

To protect us, national coronavirus restrictions remain in place across West Sussex. These are:

  • only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • up to 6 people or two households can meet outside
  • work from home if you can and only travel when necessary
  • if you have symptoms, stay at home and book a test immediately.

See the GOV.UK website for information about what you can and cannot do.

These rules apply even after you’ve had your vaccine and/or if you have received a negative COVID-19 test result.


The Government has published its roadmap out of lockdown, which sets out the steps for easing restrictions. However, the pandemic is not over yet, so it’s important to not let your guard down, to remain vigilant and to keep on acting like we have the virus in order to protect each other.

Every time we ‘act like we have it,’ it brings us one step closer to easing restrictions, so please be patient, look after one another and visit Keep West Sussex Safe.

See the GOV.UK website to find out more about the roadmap out of lockdown.

Actions to take

#KeepWestSussexSafe; remember hands, face, space and fresh air.

Wash your hands

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.

Wear a face covering

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.

Make space

When outside your home, 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.

See the GOV.UK website for information about how to stay safe outside your home.

Let in fresh air

When you’re indoors, letting in air by opening a window can disperse COVID-19 particles. Being outdoors reduces the risk further as fresh air dilutes the virus and you have more space to physically distance.

Last updated:
12 April 2021
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