Coronavirus update

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Information and advice – this page is being regularly updated

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*** There are a limited number of additional things you can do in England that you could not do before:

  • spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces such as parks, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • exercise as often as we wish – following physical distancing guidelines
  • use outdoor sports facilities such as a tennis court or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person.
  • visit car showrooms, outdoor markets, garden centres
  • in line with the arrangements made by your school, send your child to school or nursery if they are in early years, reception, year 1 or year 6, if you could not before
  • if you are an elite athlete as defined by this guidance, train and compete using the specified gyms, pools and sports facilities you need – which will enable others to watch live sport on TV

Updated government advice and answers to commonly asked question concerning what we can now do are available here


On this page you will find information on the latest situation, and  links to further advice and information we have produced . You can access specific information about symptoms and self isolating, and extra precautions being advised for those who are considered to be the most vulnerable (referred to as “shielding”). Additional links are also provided to useful resources, including information which is available in other formats such as sign language and easyread.


(A) Healthwatch updates, advice and information

You can access additional Healthwatch information as follows:

(1) An essential update on changes to local health and social care services during the Covid-19 outbreak. Please click here.

(2) How to request help for a vulnerable people (for yourself or someone else). Please click here.

(3) Advice about seeing a dentist or GP, and how to arrange the collection of prescriptions

(4) Advice about avoiding scams, and how to report these. Please click here

(5) We have also produced a list of commonly asked questions which you can find on our website.

(6) Tips and advice about keeping active indoors and looking after your mental health

(7) COVID-19: Maternity and pregnancy advice and information

Healthwatch England has produced information for you and your loved ones discuss your preferences for end of life care. This is especially important if you have been identified as high risk of severe illness if you catch Covid-19.

The World Health Organisation has produced a Myth Busting guide about the virus which you can read here.


(B) Brighton and Hove City Council 

Updated information is being issued daily by Brighton & Hove Council.

Brighton & Hove City Council has also created a COVID-19 Community Advice and Support Hub.

Vulnerable people can get additional COVID-19 related support including emergency food bank referrals, shopping and medicine collection from the community advice and support hub.

  • If you, or someone you know needs support to get essential supplies like food or medication and you
    don’t have family, friends or a support/care worker to help you, go to:
  • If you have no way of getting online and no one to help you, call 01273 293117, and press option 2 (Monday to
    Friday, 10am to 4.30pm)
  • It is now possible for people refer themselves for help from an NHS volunteer. This new site will provide you with further information if you are self-isolating and are in need of support.

Information is available in BSL. Areas covered include:

  • Schools in the city
  • Food poverty
  • Services for homeless people and those who are rough sleeping
  • How residents can help
  • Council Tax help
  • Support for business
  • Support for vulnerable adults
  • Cityclean (recycling and refuse collections)
  • Events and venues
  • Council committees
  • Health advice
  • And much more


(C) Numbers of cases and deaths

Daily updates on the number of cases can be found here

Numbers of cases in Brighton can be accessed here.  Information relating to confirmed cases in each local authority and NHS region and is  published by Public Health England (PHE).

Up to date information being issued by the UK government can be accessed by clicking here.


(D) Our local hospitals

For up to date information on our local hospitals and Trusts please click the links below. Please note visitor restrictions are now in operation across all hospital sites.

Royal Sussex County Hospital – click here. A number of appointments are now being conducted online or over the phone, whilst others are being postponed.

Sussex Community Foundation Trust

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust


(D) Below is further information about:

1. Accessing information about coronavirus (Covid-19) in different formats
2. How to sign up for email alerts about coronavirus
3. Information on symptoms, and self-isolating
4. Information for the most vulnerable
5. Useful links


(A) Information in other formats
Information in accessible formats is available as follows:

Easy read formatsGovernment publications can be accessed here including information on being discharged from hospital

Public Health England information can be accessed here

Brighton and Hove Specialist Community Disability Service has compiled information on shopping and wellbeing for people with learning disabilities

PhotosymbolsEasy read Coronavirus posters

Mencap – A set of easy read Coronavirus resources

Learning Disability England – host A Coronavirus hub

Opening Doorswellbeing plans

Books Beyond Words

Easy Healtheasy read leaflets in one place

Down’s Syndrome Association – Support and information for individuals and families: Click here to visit our coronavirus hub

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation – are constantly developing new resources to support families Inc. Supporting Your Loved One at Home.

Sign languageInformation produced by SignHealth is available here

To access the NHS 111 BSL online services click here

For people with aphasiaInformation produced by Speakeasy is available here


Different languagesClick here for information produced by Doctors of the World

Information has produced by Sussex Interpreting Services, including guidance published by Public Health England is available here


(2) If you would like to receive regular email alerts you can click here and sign up.

You can also sign up to the government’s WhatsApp service


(3) Symptoms and self isolating

NHS guidance has been issued describing what to do even if you have mild symptoms. You should avoid attending A&E or visiting your GP surgery.  You may still have the virus even if you do not have symptoms, and can therefore pass it on to others.

Use the quick NHS coronavirus status checker to provide information to the Government about your current experience of the virus. This will help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus by showing where the virus is spreading and how it affects people,

Stay at home if you have:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss of smell or taste
  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days
  • Read the advice about staying at home.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Test and Trace

The government launched the NHS Test and Trace service. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by the NHS and will be asked to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.


(4) Advice for the most vulnerable

The government has issued advice for those who are considered to be at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition. The NHS will write to you by 29 March with further advice.  You can access information from Brighton and Hove City Council.


(E) Useful links

Government guidance


If you have any additional questions do please get in touch by emailing or calling 01273 234040