New COVID restrictions in force

New Covid restrictions which affect all of us in East Sussex from today are now in force.

In Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden

Eastbourne. Lewes and Wealden remain in tier 2 (high alert) but the rules for Christmas have changed.

You can still meet in a bubble of up to three households, but only on Christmas day

You cannot include households from tier 4 in your bubble

Find out about the full restrictions in these areas

You are strongly advised to ‘stay local’ whenever possible and act as if you carried the infection. You should not leave the country except for urgent work reasons.

The government will continue to review health and infection data and will decide on any new changes to tiers by 30 December at the latest.

Check out the East Sussex Council website updated with more help and information about coronavirus in East Sussex

In Hastings and Rother

Hastings and Rother have been placed in a new tier (tier 4 – stay at home) because of the very rapid spread of the virus.

The new restrictions mean:

You must stay at home whenever possible

Non-essential shops must close

Gyms, hair and beauty and other close contact services must close

You can only meet one other person not from your household and only in an open public space

You must not travel to areas in other tiers (unless it’s absolutely essential for work, medical reasons or education)

No travel abroad

No mixing of households at Christmas

Support bubbles are still allowed

Communal worship can continue

Find out about the full restrictions in tier 4