This page was last updated on Wednesday 28 July 2021.
England has moved to Step 4 of the easing of the National Lockdown
Some key protections remain in place across the country. In England:
- testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
- isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
- cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
- whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer
- Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
- being outside or letting fresh air in
- minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
- encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.
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 Coronavirus support webpage.
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.
Please note: To use the NHS online service, you need to be registered with a GP Surgery in England. Register for a GP online via the NHS website.
In England, the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.
COVID-19 vaccines are being offered to:
- Adults aged 18 and over
- Those who will be turning 18 soon
Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Information, Help & Advice
The Council’s reception is open but visitors are still encouraged to wear a face covering and use hand sanitiser on entry.
Allotments are open as usual.
Our Museum is open. No prior booking is required however you will be asked for Track and Trace details upon arrival as well as recommend visitors to wear a face covering. Keep up to date with their activities on the Littlehampton Museum website.
The Park is open, including the play area.
The units on the seafront are available to use. It is important that you wipe all the surfaces before and after use and that you wash your hands regularly.
All Committee Meetings will resume to be in person from August 2021. Details can be found on the Committee Meetings page.
Southfields Jubilee Centre
Sessions have resumed at the Centre. Please check with the session provider for more information. We are now taking bookings.
Room hire at the Manor House
Our rooms are now available for hire. More details on our Venues page.
Weddings at the Manor House
Couples wishing to tie the knot at the Manor House, the Grade II listed building housing the Council offices, will be pleased with the lifting of limits on the number of guests.
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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.
If you’d like to access any of the services above, or you’re worried about an older friend or family member at this time, please call them on 01903 731800 or email Age UK.
Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice are not doing face to face work but are still available via phone by calling 0808 278 7969. They also have a webchat facility through their website. 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 - 01903 896202
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 or call on 01903 737552.
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 Age UK's volunteer 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 Scam Alerts page.
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, use Sussex Police's Fraud Report tool.
West Sussex Mind
West Sussex Mind 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.
West Sussex Wellbeing
West Sussex Wellbeing are offering a wide range of online resources for older people looking for ideas to keep physically active.
See Arun Wellbeing's 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.
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 - 01903 896202
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.
Even as restrictions lift, there are still ways to be caught out by scams. 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.