Covid-19 Update

Published: 16 October 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice for Horsham District residents

Timestamp: 14 October 2020

Local COVID Alert level: Medium

The Government are introducing local COVID alert levels from today Wednesday 14 October. Horsham District will be in the Medium covid-risk category (Tier 1) of the new three-tier system.

This means our area continues with some of the most recent restrictions, including:

  • Rule of six – No socialising in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors
  • Pubs/Bars/Restaurants can only serve food and drink to seated customer, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • Takeaways can continue to offer food after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Gyms, exercise classes and organised sports can continue outdoors (indoors if Rule of Six is followed)
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees

Find out what restrictions are in place in an area where the Local COVID Alert level is Medium.

Test and Trace Self-Isolation Support Payment

Residents on low incomes who are told by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate – either due to a positive Covid-19 test or being in contact with someone who has tested positive – may be entitled to financial support during self-isolation.

Benefits claimants who need to self-isolate but are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result are eligible for a lump sum Test and Trace Support Payment of £500. In the Horsham District, these payments are being managed on behalf of the government by the Council.

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West Sussex alert levels and weekly data

West Sussex County Council has introduced a traffic light system to keep residents informed about the current rate of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county. The current alert level in West Sussex is yellow (Raised local alertness).

Please note that this is separate to the national alert levels.

There are an increasing number of confirmed cases across the county, in line with national trends. There were 305 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Sussex in the seven days to 9 October 2020.

Further details can be found in the data pack in the supporting documents and in a regularly updated local summary.

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