Sussex coronavirus lockdown: This is what you can and cannot do
Sussex will join the rest of the UK in a lockdown from tomorrow (January 5) following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement.
Soaring infection rates in the south have meant Sussex has already been under tight, tier 4 restrictions for several weeks, but there are some dramatic changes.
Arguably the most notable change is the closure of all schools and colleges, except for vulnerable children and children of key workers.
The Government has published guidance on what you can and cannot do from tomorrow, with the guidelines expected to be signed into law on Wednesday.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
-seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
- Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
Hospitality businesses such as pubs remain closed as under tier 4, as well as non-essential retailers and gyms.