This is not the time to be complacent

A message from Darrell Gale. Director of Public Health for East Sussex

“But now isn’t a time to become complacent.”

“A few weeks ago, Eastbourne saw a sharp rise in cases and now we are seeing an increased number of positive test results in the Hastings and Wealden areas. In all parts of East Sussex, things can change very quickly so it’s vital we remain alert and follow the guidance.”

Remember; Hands. Face. Space. and, if you develop any Covid-19 symptoms, a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – self isolate immediately and book a test.

I’m very pleased that a new walk-through testing centre will open on Friday 16th October in Hastings. The site is at the car park of the former Helenswood Academy upper school site in The Ridge.

“This will increase the options for people with symptoms of the virus to get a test, particularly anyone without access to a private vehicle.

“It adds to the other sites in East Sussex where you can book a test: Devonshire Park car park in Eastbourne, Plumpton Racecourse and Wainwright Road in Bexhill.  

“In addition, a mobile testing unit will be at County Hall in St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes from Friday to Sunday (Oct 16-18) offering walk-through and drive-through tests.”

Book a test at GOV.UK or by calling 119.

“You may have seen that the Government’s new three-tier system of Covid-19 restrictions places East Sussex in the medium risk tier (the other tiers are high risk and very high risk).  This reflects the fact we have lower rates of infection that in England as a whole. Here we have 430 cases per 100,000 population: for England the average is 989 per 100,000. So presently no new restrictions have been applied to East Sussex: it remains the case that no one should gather in groups of more than six people and that pubs and restaurants must close by 10pm. “

So do remain sensible and stay safe; no one wants to see a return to the previous situation.