On this page you can find the latest guidance and details about how to find out more information.





The latest Government position - Friday 29 May 2020


The Prime Minister's briefing on 29 May updated everyone on the UK's progress against each of the five tests we had to meet before adjusting the lockdown. 

Since all five tests are being met, the following adjustments will be made to lockdown:


From Monday 1 June


1) Nurseries and other early years settings and reception, year one and year six in primary schools will start to reopen in a safe way;


2) Outdoor retail and car showrooms, where social distancing is generally easier, will reopen; and 


3) Up to six people will be able to meet outside (in parks, gardens and other private outdoor space) - provided those from different households continue strictly to observe social distancing rules by staying two metres apart.

Those who are shielding may wish to consider spending time outdoors once a day. This can be with members of their own household or, for those shielding alone, with one person from another household.


From Monday 15 June


1) Secondary schools will begin to provide some face-to-face contact time for years 10 and 12; and 


2) The government intends to reopen other non-essential retail - but only provided the five tests are still being met and shops have been made Covid secure.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly


Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.


Read the Government's  Coronavirus Outbreak FAQs for the latest information about what you can and cannot do at this point in the coronavirus outbreak, and the government's guidance on staying safe outside your home . You can read the Government's recovery plan here: Coronavirus - The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy



A message from our staff and councillors

Our staff and councillors would like to remind you that we are here to help you and would like to thank you for all of your support during this crisis:


Council service status and meetings
Council services

Please click on the following link for an update on the status of all council services: Service status


Council meetings

We are monitoring the situation very closely and are reviewing council meetings on a case by case basis based on the latest Government guidance. 

Public speaking at Committee meetings

If you wish to speak at Planning Committee, please complete this form: Planning Committee speaker form

If you wish to submit a question to another public meeting, or for other meetings, please contact: democraticservices@chichester.gov.uk.

All registered speakers will be invited to either read their statement or question virtually, or submit a statement which will be read out on their behalf. If you choose the virtual option, you will be sent joining instructions prior to the meeting. Once a statement or question has been read, each speaker will be asked to leave the meeting.

NHS Test and Trace

The NHS test and trace service forms a central part of the government's coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery strategy, which seeks to help the nation return to normal as soon as possible for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects the NHS and social care sector.

The new programme brings together four tools to control the virus:

  • Test: increasing availability and speed of testing will underpin NHS Test and Trace.
  • Trace: when someone tests positive for Coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace service will use dedicated contact tracing staff, online services and local public health experts to identify any close recent contacts they've had and alert those most at risk of having the virus who need to self-isolate. This will be complemented by the rollout of the NHS COVID-19 App in the coming weeks.
  • Contain: a national Joint Biosecurity Centre will work with councils and public health teams in Public Health England, including local directors of public health, to identify localised outbreaks and support effective local responses, including plans to quickly deploy testing facilities to particular locations. This follows the £300 million of new funding to help local authorities develop their own local outbreak control plans.
  • Enable: the Government will learn more about the virus, including as the science develops, to explore how we could go further in easing infection control measures.

This service will play a vital role in providing an early warning if COVID-19 activity is increasing locally, regionally or nationally. This information will then be used to inform the government's approach to stop the spread of the virus.

Public Health England has published a range of new guidance on the test and trace service, including:

What can I and can't I do during the outbreak?

The Cabinet Office has published frequently asked questions and answers on what the public can and can't do during the coronavirus outbreak.

You can find this here: Coronavirus - outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do  

The Government has also launched a useful Coronavirus information service on Whatsapp  , which is an automated 'chatbot' service providing the public with answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government. Simply WhatsApp 'hi' to 07860 064422.

What to do if you have symptoms or at high risk

The Government has updated staying at home Coronavirus - advice for households with possible coronavirus infection .

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you should self-isolate at home. This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

How long to stay at home:

  • if you live alone and have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

Full advice from the NHS, including information on the symptoms and how to prevent the spread of coronavirus, is available on the NHS website.  

The Government has also issued  Coronavirus - advice for people at high risk  and  guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together , where someone is at increased risk or has symptoms of coronavirus infection.

The NHS has launched a survey to help the organisation understand more about how and where coronavirus is affecting people now. The NHS wants to hear from you if you have symptoms, however mild, but it also helps to complete the survey to let them know if you're feeling fine.

What is self isolation and how do I do this?

It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable.

The Government has also issued guidance for people about how to self isolate. .

As well as guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together , where someone is at increased risk or has symptoms of coronavirus infection.

What is social distancing and how do I do this?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. They include:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)

This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is especially important for:

  • people with long-term health conditions (check the government guidance on social distancing for a full list)
  • people who are 70 or over
  • people who are pregnant
  • people who have a weakened immune system

The Government has issued updated advice on social distancing: Coronavirus - staying safe and alert (social distancing)  as well as advice on staying safe outside your home: Coronavirus - staying safe outside your home   

There is also specific advice to help protect older people and vulnerable adults, which can be found here: Coronavirus - Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19  

Information on pregnancy and coronavirus can be found at: Coronavirus and pregnancy  

People should self-isolate if they or anyone in their household has symptoms.

What to do to help prevent the virus speading

The Prime Minister announced on 10 May that everyone must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read the Prime Minister's address for the latest information.

Advice from Public Health England

We are reminding everyone to follow this advice from Public Health England:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Full advice from the NHS, including information on symptoms and how to prevent the spreading of coronavirus, is available on the NHS website.

Testing and eligibility

From 18 May, everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who is showing coronavirus symptoms is eligible to book a swab test to find out if they have the virus. The tests are not suitable for children under 5 years old. Full guidance on coronavirus testing and eligibility can be found at: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

The Government has also issued advice for care homes, vulnerable and older people, which can be found  on the adult social care guidance page of the Government's website. .

The Food Standards Agency has published advice for consumers in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance includes advice on food hygiene, food storage, food packaging and takeaway food. This can be found at Guidance for consumers on coronavirus (COVID-19) and food  

What to do if you are vulnerable and need support
Community Hub

We are working very closely with West Sussex County Council, which has developed a Community Hub to support the most vulnerable residents in our communities. You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help, or if you want to volunteer your services in these difficult times. This will be available seven days a week and staff will be on hand to respond to enquiries from 8am-8pm. The team will be contacting the most vulnerable to tell them how to get help.

The best way to contact the hub is online. If you have access, go to: COVID-19 Community Hub - West Sussex County Council A dedicated telephone helpline is also available for residents who are unable to go online: 033 022 27980.

We are trying to keep the resources available through the hub for those who are most vulnerable, so if you do have support in place already, such as from family or friends, then please continue to use their support. This means that we can focus our efforts on those most in need.

The South Downs National Park Authority have published a map which identifies food suppliers and community groups in their area. The aim of this is to connect communities to local suppliers and support during the coronavirus outbreak. You can view the map here: Connecting communities with local suppliers - South Downs National Park Authority

For updates on our community services and for Frequently Asked Questions about this service, along with volunteering advice, please visit: Communities - Coronavirus FAQs

Domestic abuse support

The Government has issued advice for people facing domestic abuse, with details on how to access help: Domestic Abuse: how to get help - Gov.uk  

The Government has said that the coronavirus household isolation instruction does not apply to anyone who needs to leave their home to escape domestic abuse. 

The Rail Delivery Group has also announced that those fleeing domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown can apply for free train travel to refuge accommodation. Tickets can be accessed through Women's Aid Federation of England, Welsh Women's Aid, Scottish Women's Aid and Imkaan.

For more advice and support, please visit our community safety and crime web page.

Community guide, looking out for your neighbour, and volunteering

We have created a new Community Guide, which includes key information, contacts, and guidance all in one place. The aim of the guide is to inform and assist people, and to ensure their safety as well as the safety of any people they may be supporting. You can find this guide at: Help Your Neighbour

It is now more important than ever that we reach out to the people around us, and to support our Community Guide, we are launching a new mini-campaign to encourage residents in the Chichester District to look out for their neighbours. This could include offering to pick up shopping or medication, checking in with a friendly phone call, or making sure they can access the help that they need. Details of this are included within the guide and on the website referenced above, along with important advice about how to stay safe while volunteering. On our campaign web page (Help Your Neighbour), you will find a downloadable flyer which you can print off and post through the doors of neighbours to offer support and to give advice on safe ways to accept help.


Our district is renowned for its generosity and its incredible volunteer groups. The role of volunteers at this time is invaluable and we are incredibly grateful. At this moment in time, we don't need any more volunteers, but if you are still keen to help, please look out for your neighbours. Advice on this can be found at the above link.

Community groups and charities can find information on the range of advice and support available to them in our Communities - Coronavirus FAQs.


Mental health and wellbeing

Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing is available here: COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing is available here: COVID-19: Guidance for parents and carers supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

Further information can be found here: Coronavirus - Advice to support mental health


Advice and support for businesses


Please read the Coronavirus - social distancing for businesses  from the Government which details which businesses have been asked to close to help reduce the spread of the virus.

The Government has also issued advice on social distancing in the workplace.

Free downloadable social distancing signage for businesses and community groups

We have designed a range of social distancing signage for use around the district with the slogan 'Stay Safe - Leave a Space.' In order to support local businesses and community groups, we are sharing a version of this without our logo that you can download for free for your own use.

Health advice

The Government has issued guidance to assist employers and businesses  in providing advice to staff about coronavirus.

Government support

The Government has announced new measures to support businesses during this challenging time. Please find more information on our Council Tax and Benefits Frequently Asked Questions page: Council tax and benefits - Coronavirus FAQs or visit: Coronavirus: Business Support - Gov.uk

New support finder tool - the Government has set up a new coronavirus business support finder tool. This tool helps businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily find out what financial advice is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. You access the tool at Coronavirus - find financial support for your business   Business owners will be asked to fill out a quick and simple online questionnaire. They will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for.

Further information and advice can also be found at  the Government's website.  and you can view our frequently asked questions at: Business Support - Coronavirus FAQs 

Health and safety

Food guidance is available for food businesses looking to re-open, as well as information about the risk of legionella.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have put together some guidance to help employers and those that are self-employed and work with or near other people. The guidance covers latest information and advice on coronavirus and managing risks and risk assessments at work. Further information is available on the health and safety web page.

Help for those in the sport and arts sector

Sport England have announced that funding is now available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus crisis. This includes the opportunity for local clubs and community organisations can bid for grants of between £300 and £10,000 through the Community Emergency Fund, as well as a range of other support measures. For more information, please visit: Sport England - £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus

Arts Council England are offering financial support to individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector during the coronavirus crisis. Funding is available for National Portfolio Holders, as well as organisations that are not in receipt of regular Arts Council funding, and freelancers. For more information on this, and other support being offered to the cultural sector, please visit: Arts Council England - Covid-19


Our role and latest updates

We are working closely with our partners, including Public Health England, which is leading the national response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Different services and government agencies are responsible for leading different parts of our response:

  • Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC): the Chief Medical Officer for England confirms each incident

  • Public Health England (PHE): co-ordinate the response, information and advice on the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

  • NHS: local and national NHS services are working on the front line to test individuals, and provide advice through calls to NHS 111

  • West Sussex County Council: provides local public health leadership by working in partnership to safeguard the county.  They are working with system partners via the LHRP (Local Health Resilience Partnership) and LRF (Local Resilience Forum) to ensure appropriate application of the Sussex pandemic Plan.

Supporting our Communities flyer

We have also created a new flyer, which includes vital contact numbers, email addresses and web addresses to help you access a variety of support easily and quickly. You can view this here and print it out for yourself or for anyone you think would benefit from it.

Latest updates

We produce weekly updates, which can be found on our latest news page.. These briefings aim to keep you updated on the evolving situation around coronavirus and the actions being taken in the district.

The latest update is from the 4 June 2020.


You can also keep up to date by following:

Chichester District Council on Twitter

Chichester District Council on Facebook

Coronavirus risk assessment

The Government has recommended that employers publish their Coronavirus risk assessments on their websites. You can find ours here.

Coronavirus risk assessment


Waste and recycling collections

For updates on our waste and recycling service and for Frequently Asked Questions about this service, please visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/wasteandrecyclingfaqs

Housing services and homelessness support

For updates and Frequently Asked Questions about our Housing services and homelessness support, please visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/housingfaqs

Council tax and benefits

For updates and Frequently Asked Questions about our Council Tax and Benefits services, please visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/taxandbenefitsfaq

Where can I find out more information?

On the Government's website - www.gov.uk/coronavirus - you can find the latest information on the following areas:

  • Protect yourself and others from coronavirus
  • Testing for coronavirus
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Work, financial support and money
  • Business and and self-employed people
  • School closures, education and childcare
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Driving and transport in the UK
  • International travel and immigration
  • Volunteering and offering help
  • Healthcare workers, carers and care setting
  • Support if someone dies
  • Cases in the UK

Here are some useful links to updates and information from other organisations: