Release date: 29 March 2021
People have been praised for helping bring COVID-19 infection rates down significantly across West Sussex but should remain cautious to avoid spreading the virus as lockdown eases.
Widespread compliance with restrictions has helped to bring the county’s average rate down to 31 per 100,000, according to the figures as of Friday, 26 March, 2021.
Outdoor gatherings of six people or two households will be allowed from today (29 March), along with the return of some outdoor sports activities as part of the roadmap out of lockdown.
However, people should continue to act like they have it despite the easing of restrictions, to help bring numbers down even further.
Interim Director of Public Health at West Sussex County Council, Dr Tony Hill has advised people to take this next step safely. He said: “Fresh air, being outside, meeting others and getting exercise while maintaining distance are important for our physical and mental wellbeing. Like everyone, I’m looking forward to seeing people and getting out more now that restrictions have eased.
“The reduction of infection rates and the encouraging number of people receiving their vaccination is good news.
“COVID-19 hasn’t gone away though and increased social contact means more opportunities for the virus to spread. Some restrictions remain in place and we should try to avoid busy areas wherever possible when meeting friends and family. Remember COVID-19 can still be a very severe disease which you do not want to catch or pass on to others.
“We must still play our part in the coming weeks so that the roadmap out of lockdown can stay on track.”
Everyone should continue to wash their hands regularly, wear facemasks when required and keep a safe social distance from others, including those we meet. You can also help stop the spread of the virus by booking your vaccine as soon as possible when invited to do so and taking regular tests if you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and are working outside the home.
You should self-isolate immediately if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 and book a free test as soon as possible.
Information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in West Sussex is available on our website, along with details of community testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus.
The COVID-19 pages on our website also contain the latest information on our services and the support available.