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Disruption to council services


Visitors to East Sussex County Council buildings are asked to continue wearing face coverings (unless exempt). This will help us protect our customers and staff – your safety is a priority. Lower infection rates will also help us maintain the level of public service we can offer.

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

England has moved to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. See the latest government guidance.

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

We’ll list any closures here as soon as we know about them. If you need help or information please contact Adult Social Care.

Community mental health services

We’ll list any closures here as soon as we know about them. 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).

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. Please wear a face covering (unless exempt).

All existing COVID-secure measures, including mask wearing, countertop screens, frequent hand and surface sanitisation, and occupancy limits will remain in place at this time.

The Reference Room remains closed.

Documents no longer need to be quarantined, and so we have been able to lift the cap on the number of documents customers can order in a session.

Read more on essential information about your visit.

Register Offices

Weddings and Civil Partnerships

We’re requiring all visitors to our Register Offices to continue to wear a face covering in public areas and ceremony rooms (unless exempt).

We also urge all people attending wedding ceremonies at which we officiate, in any venue, to continue to wear one (unless exempt).

All Register Office ceremony rooms are now available with their usual maximum capacity. We know that some people may want to take additional precautions to avoid infection and so, if couples and their guests would prefer to socially distance, the room capacities with social distancing in place are also available for their information.

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

If you are an East Sussex resident getting married or forming a civil partnership, you must give notice at an East Sussex Register Office.

Depending on your circumstances, this should be at least 2 months prior to the ceremony.

Email us at Ceremonies Hub to book your appointment as soon as possible.

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 or 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, 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.

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.

Roads, transport and parking

Bus services

Face coverings are required on all public transport and on dedicated transport to school or college by law. See: Bus service changes (including back to school changes)


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.

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.