Coronavirus update

The Covid-19 alert level for West Sussex remains at Medium, the Government guidelines for which are:

  • People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors
  • You should work from home where possible
  • All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.
  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed

A very comprehensive version of the Government guidance notes on Medium alert level can be found here.

Latest coronavirus figures for West Sussex
West Sussex County Council have advised that the recorded number of West Sussex people testing positive for Covid-19 from 4 – 17 October is 752. This is 59% higher than the number testing positive during the previous 14-day period.

The seven-day incidence rate varies amongst our districts and boroughs but the overall West Sussex seven-day incidence rate over this period was 43.3 per 100,000 population. The latest published seven-day incidence rate for England (published 19 October 2020) was 168.7 per 100,000 population, and covers the period 8 – 14 October. Of the people testing positive for Covid-19 over the seven-day period, 63% were aged under 40, and 12% were aged over 60.  Young adults showed the highest age-specific incidence rate during this period.

Walk-in Covid testing site in Chichester
The new NHS Test and Trace walk-in test site is now operating in Northgate car park, Chichester. Please be aware that this is available on an appointment-only basis. The majority of the car park is open to commuters, residents and visitors as usual. Testing is available to anyone with coronavirus symptoms and you can book a test by visiting NHS – Coronavirus(Opens in a new window) or by calling 119.

Volunteer to help find a vaccine
NHS researchers are seeking people from all backgrounds, ages and locations in the UK (including people with or without existing health conditions) to take part in vaccine studies to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone. For further information please see here.

Travel corridors
For the latest list of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate please see here.

Keep well and stay safe and if you need help with shopping or prescriptions please contact: –
Fr. Peter Mallinson (Bury) 839057 or Ken & Diana Rowsell (West Burton) 831475