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Updated: 30 March 2020

Statement on the Government's response to COVID19​

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in a generation. It calls for dramatic action, at home and abroad, of the kind not normally seen in peacetime. It also presents new challenges for our workforce and economy that have rarely been considered before.

We should all heed Government and expert advice on how to go about our daily lives safely and with the health of ourselves, our families and our communities in mind. Such a global crisis requires local communities to pull together. Worthing and Arun have a legacy of strength in support and care - I have confidence in how we will all approach this.

Constituents should get in contact immediately if they face issues pertinent to Coronavirus (COVID19) and the Government's response. This may include travel emergencies, business concerns or health matters. Important updates, guidance and news is shared below. Do check that your concern is touched upon there before getting in contact. Contact details are here.

The Government has made the difficult decision to strengthen its approach to protect us all. In the Prime Minister's own words, 'the coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades.'

Constituents may be concerned by the threat of an unknown and quickly spreading illness. We should share in confidence and trust in our National Health Service and the Government and managers behind it. They are prepared and aware of the ongoing situation.

From Monday 23rd March, we will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:

  • 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞.-

  • 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐲 - 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐮𝐧, 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤, 𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐲𝐜𝐥𝐞 - 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝.

  • 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝, 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐚 𝐯𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧.

  • 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞.

 

The Government has also ordered the following to ensure public safety:

 

  • 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬, 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐲𝐦𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩; 

  • 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 – 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡; 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞’𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬, 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬, 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐬.

  • 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐝.

 

Communities will face disruption, businesses will face uncertainty and we will all feel the effects of this most recent step forward. It is for our health and the health of the most vulnerable in our communities - our beloved grandparents, our cherished friends with health difficulties, and each and every one of us. Support is there for those in need and for areas of great concern. My team and I will keep this page updated daily with the latest.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Do not visit friends and family. Do not exploit the rules for your own selfish reason - you risk the lives of thousands of people around you and, quite possibly, your own life.

What you need to do is clear: stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.

I share in care and concern for constituents, their communities and their loved ones. We can get through this together.

When to use the NHS 111 and online coronavirus service:

  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

  • if your condition gets worse

  • if your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Ongoing Updates and Relevant Information:

Updates:

Support For Constituents:

Support for Businesses:

Advice:

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