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National lockdown rules apply in East Sussex.

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

See COVID-19 Response for the roadmap out of lockdown for England, including the pause in lifting restrictions.

This is our central point for news about council services when they are affected by events outside our control.

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 17 May.

However, the Government has announced a pause in lifting Step 3 restrictions and many national coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

General support during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Translated guidance on COVID-19

Government guidance available in many languages, on GOV.UK:

NHS advice from Doctors of the World, produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, available in 34 languages:

SignHealth is a deaf health charity which produces daily updates of government guidance in British Sign Language:

Schools, children and families

Adult social care and mental health

Adult social care

Linden Court (Learning Disability day centre) is now open.

The following services are temporarily closed:

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) clinics
  • Blue Badge clinics
  • Day services for older people. Support will still be offered to day service clients depending on their level of need
  • Skills Development and Employment Pathway (SDEP).

Changes have been made to the following services:

  • Social care assessments, reviews and safeguarding enquiries will be completed by phone wherever possible
  • The Carers’ Breaks service is still running and aiming to contact people by phone where possible
  • Learning disability respite services are still running, but the service is prioritising crisis situations
  • Learning disability day services remain open with some reductions planned. There is limited access to transport in some cases.

If you already use any of these services and have any queries, please contact the service directly.

To report abuse or neglect, apply for care and support or get support for a carer please continue to contact Adult Social Care.

If you are an Adult Social Care provider, see our page on COVID-19 updates for providers in East Sussex.

Community mental health services

Services are operating and clients will continue to be offered regular support by phone or email where appropriate. New referrals can be made. For further information please see:

Libraries and archives

All East Sussex libraries are open for browsing, computer use and study space. Normal opening hours have resumed. Please wear a face covering unless exempt, and make sure you socially distance inside the building. The rooms have been rearranged to facilitate this and hand sanitiser is available.

The home library service will remain in place for vulnerable users. Please book this service by calling 0345 60 80 196.

Customers can continue to access a wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines, as well as using Select and Collect services. Customers can access more information, through East Sussex’s eLibrary.

The Keep (Archive Centre)

The Keep is now open to the public. Numbers of visitors will be limited and you must book your visit before you arrive. Please wear a face covering (unless exempt), socially distance and use the hand sanitiser provided.

Three documents can be ordered in advance and an additional three documents can be ordered on site on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Orders must be placed by 12 noon. If the items you request are in quarantine, you will not be able to access them. We look forward to welcoming you back.

You can read more in our Reopening statement here: Reopening Information – The Keep

Register Offices

Weddings and Civil Partnerships

Restrictions on weddings and civil partnerships will continue but from 21 June there will no longer be a maximum number cap for attendees set out in law. Instead, the number of attendees at weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be determined by how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place. This will be based on a COVID-19 risk assessment carried out by the venue manager.

We are currently consulting with our venues about how we can accommodate larger parties from 21 June onwards where numbers may be restricted by socially distanced room capacities, and will be in contact with couples affected by these changes as soon as further information is available.

For further details and information about existing or new ceremony bookings, please see our Ceremonies website: COVID-19 effects on weddings and ceremonies in East Sussex.

Notices of Marriage and Notice of Civil Partnership

We are contacting couples who need to give notice, in anticipation of their East Sussex ceremony going ahead.

If you are an East Sussex resident getting married outside of the county, email Ceremonies 2 months before the date of your ceremony (no earlier).

Please help us to manage the volume of enquiries we are receiving by waiting for a response before emailing again.

Death registrations

We are registering all deaths by telephone and by appointment only. See Register a death.

Birth registrations

Parents/carers with unregistered babies should book online to Register a birth.

Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies are being conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Rubbish and recycling

All Household Waste Recycling Sites will remain open during lockdown, with normal opening hours.

Cars can attend each day, but vans and vehicles over 2m will only be accepted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Van drivers need to bring a proof of address (driver’s licence or recent utility bill) and they will be subject to new trade waste inspections.

Trailers are not currently permitted.

Before visiting, please check the information for your local site: Rubbish and recycling in East Sussex.

Please reduce your waste where possible and recycle as much as you can through your kerbside collections. Only visit if it is essential, and please follow social distancing rules.

Roads, transport and parking

Bus services

Parking

We have needed to make some changes to parking and permits. See Temporary changes to parking during coronavirus for more information.

Roadworks

Some work on roads and footpaths is continuing. For our coronavirus highways update, see East Sussex Highways

For other latest information please follow ‘East Sussex roads’ or Sussex Police on Twitter or see the BBC live traffic news.

Countryside sites

Seven Sisters Country Park is open, but the visitor centre and toilets remain closed.

Grants, funding and resources for not for profits

The External Funding Team produces Funding News monthly to provide resources, support and grants. The newsletter includes a COVID-19 section.