Changes to services in light of the latest government guidance


Release date: 25 March 2020

West Sussex County Council has made a number of changes to services in light of the latest government announcement in response to the COVID-19 virus.

Earlier this week the Prime Minister urged everyone to stay at home and away from others in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.

West Sussex County Council had already taken the steps to change some services and in response to the latest measures, further changes have been made including postponing all weddings and civil partnerships.

Our registration service will not be carrying out any birth registration appointments for the next three weeks, beginning Wednesday 25 March.

A full list of the services that have been affected is available on our website. Services that have closed include library services, household waste and recycling sites and some children and family centres.

Front line services to our most vulnerable residents continue including social care provision for children, young people and adults.

Some schools remain open to children of those who need to attend including the children of key workers.

The Fire Service has robust plans in place to continue to deliver an emergency response however we are reducing non-critical work in the community to reduce the spread of the virus.

Paul Marshall, the Leader of West Sussex County Council said: “I want to thank all of the dedicated council staff who continue to support children, young people and their families; those in our adults’ services who are supporting our older residents and carers; and teachers who are keeping our schools open so that parents and carers can help in the fight against the virus.

“These are worrying times for all of us and I want to thank residents in West Sussex who are doing everything they can to prevent the spread of coronavirus and for their understanding as we stop providing the services we take so much pride in delivering under normal circumstances.”

For service updates please visit our coronavirus information pages

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