As you may have heard, cases of Covid-19 are rising across the UK, and one thing made clear is that we all need to do our bit to prevent the spread of Covid-19. With Government guidance constantly changing and local areas facing their own restrictions, it can be confusing to know what you’re supposed to be doing. So here’s a recap.
It’s now more than six months since social distancing started in the UK and what once seemed a bizarre concept has now become a way of life. Keeping our distance from friends, greeting one another from afar, learning to smile with our eyes because half our face is covered and more recently never being in a group of more than six people!
Covid-19 in East Sussex
At the moment, East Sussex still has low rates of the virus compared to some other parts of England. But, the numbers of cases are rising.
There is a plan for how a local outbreak would be handled and Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health is working closely with his team to continually monitor the local situation. In the event of a local outbreak, Darrell or other public health leaders might need to introduce local lockdowns. They might ask people to avoid certain places or even to stay at home, as the situation is controlled.
East Sussex County Council would let you know about this swiftly, for example on local television, radio and online. You can also sign up now for email updates that are sent if anything new happens that you need to know about.
On the council website you’ll also find latest details about the number of cases where you live and the plan for how a local outbreak would be handled.
What should I do to keep myself and my family safe?
- Hands, Face, Space – Wash your hands, cover your face and make space to help control infection rates. Read our article, Face coverings: The basics for everything you need to know about when you need to wear one, who needs to wear one and who doesn’t.
- Rule of six – When seeing friends and family that you do not live with you should meet in groups of 6 or less, follow social distancing rules when you meet up and limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time.
- Be prepared for local restrictions – with cases of Covid-19 growing nationally it is possible that we will see further restrictions introduced. Read our tips on how to be prepared for further Covid-19 restrictions
- Socialise safely – of course we all want to spend time with extended family and friends while we’re able to. To help when you’re planning nights out or in with friends or family we’ve put together a guide on how to socialise Covid-19 style.
- Download the NHS Covid-19 app – The NHS Covid-19 app is the fastest way of knowing when you’re at risk from Covid-19. The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones and your community.
Let’s all do our bit to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the likelihood of further restrictions.