Disruption to council services
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 changed on 17 May. However, many national coronavirus restrictions remain in place.
General support during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- Coronavirus – help and support
- You can sign up for the East Sussex coronavirus email updates
- You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Translated guidance on COVID-19
Government guidance available in many languages, on GOV.UK:
- National coronavirus restrictions guidance for everyone in England
- Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus
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 continuing and clients who were being supported face-to-face are now being offered regular support by phone or email. New referrals can be made. For further information please see:
- East Sussex mental health directory which lists mental health and substance misuse services and support for adults
Libraries and archives
All East Sussex libraries are now open again for browsing and computer use, with slightly reduced opening hours. 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 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 12pm. 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
Weddings and Civil Partnerships
Restrictions on weddings and civil partnerships will ease as each step of the Government roadmap out of lockdown is implemented. The roadmap can be found here: COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021.
Our team is contacting all couples with bookings during this time as each step is confirmed. 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.
We are registering all deaths by telephone and by appointment only. See Register a death.
Parents/carers with unregistered babies should book online to Register a birth.
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
We have needed to make some changes to parking and permits. See Temporary changes to parking during coronavirus for more information.
If you are an NHS staff member, health or social care worker, or NHS Volunteer Responder, there is a government parking pass scheme in place. We recognise these passes when they are being used as described on the government website. Please be aware that we do not issue these passes. You should contact your employer if you have any questions about them or to apply for one.
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.
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.
- See Funding News