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The winter weather is here and Christmas present shopping is well underway, so please wrap up warm and wear a face covering when heading out and enjoying festivities in West Sussex.

See our #WinterReady campaign.

Yesterday the government announced we’re moving to Plan B to help slow the spread of Covid-19 and its Omicron variant.

As a result, face coverings are due to be required by law in most indoor settings from 

Friday 10 December.

Wearing a face covering is the one simple thing we can all do to help #KeepWestSussexSafe.

If you're going into a crowded space or visiting vulnerable friends and family, please test before you go. Lateral flow tests are quick and easy to use.

There are plenty of ways to pick up or order a free testing kit.

Government guidelines mean that if you’re a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your age, vaccination status or any negative test results. If that’s the case, you’ll be contacted by NHS Test and Trace or your local council tracing team.

Here in West Sussex, Covid-19 case rates remain higher than both the national and South East regional averages.

Use the postcode checker on our data dashboard to check case rates where you live.

The Covid-19 vaccine and booster jabs remain our best defence against the virus and its Omicron variant. Our NHS colleagues are keen to see you as soon as you’re eligible.

See our webpage for further information, plus links to NHS availability and how to book

Don’t forget to get your flu jab as well, which is different to the Covid-19 vaccines.

Other protection measures announced by the government last night include:

  • Office workers who can work from home should do so (due from 13 December, subject to any further national announcements).
  • Certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 year or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption (due from 15 December, subject to any further national announcements).

Washing hands regularly is another simple step we can all take to prevent the spread of viruses, as is keeping a safe distance from others and letting fresh air into indoor spaces.

Remember: hands, face, space and let fresh air in.

More on Covid-19 

Support available

It’s especially important at this time of year that we all keep an eye out for each other.

West Sussex County Council’s Community Hub offers support, including to the most vulnerable in our community. If you or someone you know is in hardship, please contact the team using the details in the link above.

Support if you’re required to self-isolate. Please also consider sharing this information with friends and family who may need it.

Our 'Staying safe and healthy during Covid-19' advice page has further ideas and links to resources to help you look after your emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing.

Keep Warm and Keep well on the West Sussex Wellbeing website has more advice on how to stay healthy this winter.