Did Lockdown 2 work in West Sussex? The Covid case rates at the start and end of November

The four-week national lockdown has come to an end – but has it helped drive down virus cases in West Sussex?

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 11:18 am
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Lockdown was introduced for the second time across England on November 5 in an attempt to curb the impact of the second wave.

When we compare the rolling number of cases from the start of the lockdown (the week October 30 to November 5) with the latest figures available from towards its end (November 19 to 25), we see that all areas in West Sussex have seen the number of cases fall.

Crawley saw the biggest drop in cases, with the number almost halving between these two time periods from 152 cases (during week Oct 30 to Nov 5) to 83 (during Nov 19 to 25).

Worthing saw the second biggest decrease in case numbers, and now has the lowest Covid-19 rate in England – read more here.

The difference in case numbers between the week of October 30 to November 5, and November 19 to 25, for all areas of West Sussex are as follows:

Adur: 39 to 34 (-5)

Arun: 145 to 90 (-55)

Chichester: 149 to 93 (-56)

Crawley: 152 to 83 (-69)

Horsham: 126 to 101 (-25)

Mid Sussex: 161 to 144 (-17)

Worthing: 94 to 34 (-60)

Today, West Sussex enters tier two, the same as the vast majority of the rest of the country.

Tier two is classed as high alert, for areas with ‘a higher or rapidly rising level of infection’.

The tiers will be reviewed every two weeks, meaning West Sussex will find out on December 16 whether its tier will change.

The social guidelines for tier two are as follows:

- You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

- You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

- Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs-

- Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals

- Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol, close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt) and stop taking orders after 10pm

- Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

- Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm

- Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

- Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

- Places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies

- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.

- Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue

- Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing

- You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

- If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey

- For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

For more information on other areas’ restrictions, visit: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions