This page was last updated on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
England is in Step 2 of the easing of the national Lockdown.
Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. In England:
- Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
- Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
- Work from home if you can and minimise travel
- If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
Find help if you’re struggling because of coronavirus. For example, with paying bills, being out of work, or taking care of your mental health. Visit the Government website.
Get tested for coronavirus
There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you're getting tested.
The 2 main tests are:
- PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked
- rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a result in 30 minutes using a device similar to a pregnancy test
Both tests are free. More details on the NHS website.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
You can now see eligibility, book and change your appointment on the NHS website.
As of 13th April 2021, those over 45 years of age are being invited to have their vaccine. You can go on the NHS website to book your appointment if:
- you are aged 45 or over
- you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer
If you think you are an eligible unpaid carer who has not been contacted for your coronavirus vaccination, speak to your GP surgery.
If you are eligible to use this service but cannot get an appointment, speak to your GP surgery.
Information, Help & Advice
Our reception area is now open with COVID secure measures in place including the wearing of face coverings and social distancing. We are encouraging people to either call us on 01903 732063 or send us an email before visiting. We also ask that you read the guidelines prior to coming to the Manor House.
Allotments are open but we are asking users to respect current Government advice on staying safe and social distancing.
Our Museum is closed at present but is due to reopen in Step 3 of the Roadmap on 17th May. Keep update with their activities on the Littlehampton Museum website.
The Park is open, including the play area. Please adhere to social distancing measures and regulations. GOV.UK have issued guidance on using green spaces.
The units on the seafront are available to use but we ask that people observe Government guidance on outdoor gatherings and social distancing. It is important that you wipe all the surfaces before and after use and that you wash your hands regularly.
All Committee Meetings are now being held remotely. Details can be found on the Committee Meetings page.
Southfields Jubilee Centre
Some sessions have resumed at the Centre such as youth activities whilst others are still awaiting Government Guidance. Please check with the session provider for more information.
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West Sussex County Council Community Hub
If you are self-isolating, the Community Hub can help you with:
- Picking up shopping
- Picking up medication
- A friendly phone call
How to make your request:
Call the Helpline 033 022 27980 Lines are open 8.00am - 8.00pm
If you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), please register for support via GOV.UK.
If you need someone to buy shopping for you there are a number of supermarkets offering Volunteer Shopping Cards which you can top up and give to the volunteer/family member. Participating supermarkets include Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, M&S and Waitrose. You can find more information by searching online or visiting the store.
Information, Telephone Calls, Shopping & Meals
Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove has adapted the way they work and are offering:
- Information and Advice
- Telephone befriending
- Doorstep Deliveries
- Welfare and Safety Support
- Wellbeing advice.
Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice are not doing face to face work but are still available via phone by calling 0344 477 1171 or 0300 3300 650 (if calling from a mobile). If you are facing financial hardship please contact them as they may be able to refer you to the local Foodbank.
Meals on Wheels are currently operating as normal and are accepting new clients. Call them on 01903 718893 to find out more.
We are aware that some community support groups have formed as a result of the outbreak. These are:
Please note that Littlehampton Town Council is not endorsing these groups.
Domestic Abuse & Violence
Safe in Sussex - 0330 333 7416
My Sisters' House CIC - 01243 697800
WORTH Project Helplines are open 7 days a week, 09:00 - 17:00, please reach out for help, support and advice. Monday to Friday - 0330 222 8181 Weekends - 07834 968539. If there is an immediate risk of harm please call 999.
Arun District Council can help you if you are homeless. Access to buildings will be limited to those people who are homeless on the day. Please see their website for information.
Find help if you’re struggling because of coronavirus
The Government has a section where you can find help.
Use this service to find out what help you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus. You can use it for yourself or someone else.
You can find information about:
- feeling unsafe
- going in to work
- paying bills or being unemployed
- getting food
- having somewhere to live
- mental health and wellbeing
Please read Government Advice How to help others safely.
Age UK West Sussex is looking for volunteers to help and have a number of roles available. See their website for more information.
Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester have a number of volunteering opportunities. You can register your interest online, view their latest vacancies and find out about what they do.
Littlehampton Foodbank is working with local agencies to support those in self-isolation. Contact them via their website to see if they need help.
Shopping for someone else
If you are buying shopping on behalf of someone else, there are a number of supermarkets offering Volunteer Shopping Cards which can be topped up. In addition to Asda there are other supermarkets offering this service including Morrisons, Sainsbury's, M&S and Waitrose. You can find more information by searching online.
Littlehampton Foodbank is accepting donations at Morrison's, Asda and Waitrose. All details, including their up-to-date wish list, can be found via the Littlehampton & District Foodbank website.
Be scam aware
Fraudsters are targeting the public and organisations with emails, texts, phone calls and WhatsApp messages offering advice and treatment for the coronavirus.
Some have set up fake websites selling products and offering ‘cures’. Others have set up bogus websites asking for donations for victims or promoting awareness and prevention tips.
Cold callers have been contacting organisations suggesting they must have certain measures in place by a certain deadline.
Citizen's Advice have guidance on scams and fraud available.
You can find out about scams that are being reported in Arun by visiting the Arun District Council's website.
Anyone can find themselves the victim of fraud. If you suspect you may have been scammed or involved in fraudulent activity, or have information about a possible fraudster report it via the Sussex Police's website.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses
- Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available
- Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work
- Self-employed people can receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least 3 months
Gov.uk Business support will help you find and access the right support.
Please read Government guidance on children's mental wellbeing
Please read Government guidance on adult mental wellbeing
West Sussex Mind
They are still providing their services via phone and email and ask that you contact them via email in the first instance and only call if you have no email. You can email or call 01903 721893. See their website.
West Sussex Wellbeing
Offering a wide range of online resources for older people looking for ideas to keep physically active. Visit their website.
See website for more information or call 01903 737862.
NHS Every Mind Matters has top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you have to stay at home and if you're feeling anxious about coronavirus. Visit their website.
The outbreak has affected every aspect of our lives and many services have had to adapt. See the Government website for information on the following topics:
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Universal Credit
Crime, justice and the law
- Court and tribunal cases
- Visiting prisoners
Housing and local services
- Planning inspections
Please read Government Guidance on education and childcare during coronavirus
The Government has produced an online list of educational resources for schools and parents to help children learn at home.
Oak National Academy is a collection of high-quality lessons and online resources.
Littlehampton Family & Children Centre
For opening hours, sessions and contact details visit the Family & Children Centres section on West Sussex County Council's website.
Please read Government Guidance on pregnancy and coronavirus.
If you are pregnant or have a child under 2 years of age register with Family Assist for online support and to answer any questions you may have during this difficult time.
Domestic Abuse & Violence
Safe in Sussex - 0330 333 7416
My Sisters' House CIC - 01243 697800
WORTH Project Helplines are open 7 days a week, 09:00 - 17:00, please reach out for help, support and advice. Monday to Friday - 0330 222 8181 Weekends - 07834 968539.
www.safespacesussex.org.uk has all the information on support services who can help any victim of crime across Sussex.
If there is an immediate risk of harm please call 999.
Don't be caught out by coronavirus scams!!
Coronavirus-related scams are on this rise. Find the latest information on how to protect yourself from Action Fraud
For advice on scams call:
Citizens' Advice Consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133
To report a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.
Lockdown easing comes with risks of further outbreaks.
The County Council has developed a ‘local outbreak control plan’ which includes details about the public health response and what actions businesses and residents might be asked to take.