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Coronavirus – latest updates from West Sussex County Council

Dear residents and partners,

Next Friday 17 July, you are invited to hear the very latest news on our response to Covid-19 and our focus for the rest of this year, when they are debated at a virtual meeting of our Full Council. This will be the first time that our Full Council has met since February, as the meetings in April and May were cancelled due to the pandemic. If you can’t watch live there’s also a catch-up option.

How to watch the Full Council meeting online.

This week we were pleased to hear further announcements from government that more industries can reopen. From this Saturday outdoor swimming pools can open and performing arts can take place outside. From Monday 13 July, beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close-contact services can also reopen. Finally, from Saturday 25 July indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities may reopen.

We are also encouraged by the business support available to those small firms that may benefit from advice from expert advisers via the Recovery Advice for Business scheme. The platform is supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website. It aims to help businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic and prepare for long-term recovery.

Other highlights from this week are below.

Keep safe and thank you for your continued support.

Free coronavirus test

f you think you’ve recently had any of the coronavirus symptoms then it’s still important to get tested immediately.

The symptoms you need to look out for are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Order a NHS coronavirus test.

Plea for more Government funding

Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council, this week highlighted the need for central Government to support local councils financially to help them overcome the challenges of the current pandemic.

Read more.

‘Select and Collect’ now available at West Sussex Libraries

Books can now be reserved online or over the phone and they can then be collected from the front of your chosen library without having to enter the building.

All 36 of our libraries are participating.

Read more. 

Shut Fires Out!

Did you know that you could prevent the spread of a fire in your home by 20 minutes, just by closing your doors at night, or before leaving the house?

On our website you can find out about our free ‘Safe and Well’ advice which can help keep you and your loved ones safe. You can also enter our competition to be in with the chance of winning an Amazon Alexa Echo Dot.

Visit our website.

Looking for a new job? Try care work

If you or someone you know is looking for a job this summer, have you considered care work? It offers flexible hours, varied roles and the chance to really make a difference to someone’s life.

So if your usual seasonal job in tourism, retail or hospitality is uncertain why not try a rewarding job in care.

Search for a job

or email for more information.

Coronavirus updates

Rember to visit our website for the very latest service updates.

Visit the webpage.

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