Covid-19

 

ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN

From 8th March 2021

All schools and colleges re-open from 8th March.  Secondary school children and college students will receive twice weekly rapid tests.

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.

SOCIAL CONTACT

People will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household. Care home residents will also be allowed one regular visitor.

Changes on 29th March

SOCIAL CONTACT

Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

BUSINESS AND ACTIVITIES

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

TRAVEL

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.

Step 2 – not before 12 April

SOCIAL CONTACT

Restrictions will remain unchanged

BUSINESS AND ACTIVITIES

  • The following will re-open
  • non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.
  • Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms but only for people on their own or in household groups.
  • Most outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme park.
  • Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets
  • Pubs and restaurants and other hospitality venues will be able to serve people outdoors

EVENTS

While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

 

Step 3 – not before 17 May

SOCIAL CONTACT

Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply.  Outdoors most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.

As soon as possible and by no later than Step 3, we will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.

BUSINESS AND ACTIVITIES

Most businesses will be able to re-open. Covid-secure guidance will remain in place. Legal limits on group gatherings will remain in place.

Indoor hospitality will re-open. Customers will have to order, eat and drink while seated.  Indoor entertainment such as cinemas, childrens play areas as well as hotels, hostels and B&B’s will re-open.

Some larger indoor performance and sporting venues will re-open with 50% reduced capacity up to 1000.

Outdoor venues can re-open with 50% capacity up to 4,000.  Large outdoor seated venues can re-open with 25% capacity up to 10,000.

EVENTS

Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Review of social distancing

Finally, before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home – which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.

Step 4 – not before 21 July

All legal limits on social contact to be removed.

Covid-secure guidance will remain part of our lives

  • Hands – Face- Space
  • Meet outdoors where possible
  • Get tested when needed
  • Get vaccinated when offered

HOW TO GET HELP IN HARTING?

cartoon image of volunteersThe Parish Council Emergency group (PCEG) is back in action and ready to help.  If you are in protective isolation or are self-isolating and need help please let us know.

  • Contact your PCEG ‘buddy’,
  • Contact Us via this website 
  • call the Parish Council on 07787 651701

We can help with emergency shopping, prescription collection and general support.

We are here to help

WEST SUSSEX COMMUNITY HUB

Community Hub here for you

The West Sussex Community Hub provides help to those who need support.

You can contact the Community Hub in confidence by calling 033 022 27980 or by completing the online form.

The Hub will be open seven days a week between 8am-8pm. Please share these details with anyone you know who may need our help.

SEE OUR NEWS UPDATES

GET LOCAL UPDATES FROM YOUR DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCIL

Latest news about the pandemic across the county. See the latest updates from West Sussex County Council

If you have questions or need more help find out what support is available from Chichester District Council 

VACCINATION PROGRAMME

The vaccination programme is underway across Hampshire and West Sussex via GP surgeries in the coming weeks. Priority patients will be contacted directly by their GP.  Over 50’s should now have received their second vaccinations. Under 30’s are now being invited to receive their 1st vaccination.

If you have difficulty in attending an appointment do let us know;

  • Contact your PCEG ‘buddy’,
  • Contact Us via this website 
  • call the Parish Council on 07787 651701

See more information about the first phase of the vaccine programme

HOW TO STAY SAFE

  • Hands, Face, Space Advice imageWash Your Hands frequently.
  • Observe social distancing with people you do not share a home with.
  • Stay at home if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or if anyone you share a home with has symptoms.
  • Wear a face covering when you are in enclosed spaces with other people

TEST AND TRACE

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested. You can also visit NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) or call 119.

Symptoms include:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of or change in your sense of taste or smell.

If you develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, you should immediately self-isolate and stay at home for at least ten days from when your symptoms started. 

All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days.

You can book a free test or phone 119. Tests are only available with a pre-booked appointment.

You will be advised on your nearest available testing site when booking.

Testing in West Sussex is available at the regional testing sites at Gatwick and Tangmere and at mobile testing units, which visit locations across the county.

Those unable to travel can order home test kits.

If you are self-isolating and in need of support, please get in touch with West Sussex County Council community hub.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms include:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of or change in your sense of taste or smell.

If you develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, you should immediately self-isolate and stay at home for at least ten days from when your symptoms started. 

All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days.

You can book a free test or phone 119. Tests are only available with a pre-booked appointment.

WHEN TO SELF-ISOLATE

You or someone you know has tested positive for Covid-19

If you have symptoms of Covid-19

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate

If people you share you home with have been advised to self-isolate

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SELF-ISOLATING

You and everyone you share a home with should stay in your house for 10 days.

You should not leave your house unless it is a medical emergency or to escape risk of injury.

If you and your household are self-isolating the Parish Council Emergency Group (PCEG) are here to help.

  • Contact your PCEG ‘buddy’,
  • Contact Us 
  • call the Parish Council on 07787 651701

We can help with emergency shopping, prescription collection and general support.

We are here to help

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

If you have been furloughed or made redundant find out more and make sure you know what support is available.

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

Find out more information about Government support and advice for businesses