Release date: 23 December 2020
People in West Sussex must stay at home and only travel for very limited reasons when tier 4 local outbreak restrictions come into force from Saturday, 26 December.
Household mixing will not be allowed, aside from support bubbles and two people meeting in public outdoor spaces.
All non-essential shops and hospitality venues will close, apart from click and collect services and takeaway food and drink.
West Sussex has been moved into tier 4 along with other counties in the South East, due to a significant rise in infection rates across the region.
The latest figures show 184.8 per 100,000 people in West Sussex tested positive for COVID-19 in the seven days up to 17 December. Across the county, rates have almost doubled in the past week, with cases rising even faster than this in some areas.
West Sussex Interim Director of Public Health, Dr Tony Hill, urged residents to follow tier 4 guidelines and consider the safety of friends, family and others at all times.
Dr Hill said: “I am very concerned at the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in West Sussex, as we should all be.
“Everyone has a responsibility to make themselves aware of the rules so that we do all we can to protect ourselves and each other.
“By washing our hands, wearing a face covering, keeping socially distant and abiding by the tier 4 restrictions we can hopefully bring the rates down, stay safe and ease the pressure on our NHS.
“Although tier restrictions are being relaxed on Christmas Day, I would still encourage everyone to keep their gatherings small and keep them local wherever possible.”
Councillor Amanda Jupp, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults & Health and Chair of the West Sussex Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said: “The restrictions are there to protect us, so it is extremely important that we all play our part and keep our county as safe as possible.
“Nobody wants to be in this situation, and I know we would all like to get back to normal. I urge everyone to follow the rules so that we can return to doing the things we enjoy as quickly as soon as possible.”
More information about what tier 4 restrictions mean to you is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home.
The County Council’s Community Hub will be operating over Christmas and providing help to those who need support or may be experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.
You can contact the Community Hub in confidence by calling 033 022 27980 or by completing the online form.
The Hub will be open seven days a week (including the Christmas Bank Holidays) between 8am-8pm.
Notes to editors
*The latest figures relating to West Sussex are available on the data dashboard on the county council website: https://wsx-c19-mobile.netlify.app/. The seven-day rate does not include the most recent days of data (this is true of the local dashboard and the national one). This is to allow time for test results to come through. The incomplete days of data can be seen as orange bars on the figure below the table here: https://wsx-c19-mobile.netlify.app/#latest_case_section