Release date: 11 May 2021
West Sussex will take a significant step towards normality when many businesses are able to reopen more fully and close contact between friends and family is allowed from Monday.
But people have been asked to think carefully to ensure the most vulnerable avoid unnecessary exposure to the ongoing risk of Covid-19.
West Sussex Director of Public Health, Alison Challenger, said: “The latest easing of restrictions from 17 May, in line with the government’s roadmap, is testament to everyone who has followed the guidelines during the pandemic.
“Some restrictions still apply though, and we must continue to protect the most vulnerable from the ongoing risk of Covid-19.
“People have been given the personal choice whether or not they resume close contact with family and friends. But it is a choice that should be made carefully as close contact, including hugging, increases the risk of spreading Covid-19.
“The best way we can keep ourselves and others safe is to take free lateral flow tests to ensure we are not spreading the virus, and to get vaccinated when we are eligible.
“We should also remember to keep washing our hands regularly, wear a face covering when required, keep socially distanced from others where possible and let in fresh air. These simple steps make a big difference in stopping Covid-19.”
You can find out how to order or collect free lateral flow tests for people without symptoms of coronavirus on our website.
You should self-isolate immediately if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 and book a free test as soon as possible via the NHS website or by calling 119.
Information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in West Sussex is available on our website.
Our website also contains more details about the latest Covid-19 restrictions as well as the latest information about our services and the support available during the pandemic.