Travelling soon? Know before you go. Please check opening dates and arrangements with individual businesses and find out more here.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance

This is an unprecedented and challenging time for our residents, visitors and businesses. At this stage Experience West Sussex Partnership continues to advise and recommend that anyone in the area regularly keeps up-to-date on the latest government advice and how the government response may affect you.

Following yesterday’s announcement (23 June), the Government has confirmed that tourism and hospitality sectors can open in a Covid-safe way from 4 July 2020. This includes pubs, restaurants, hotels and accommodation, museums and theatres. The government has published guidance on how businesses should operate, read the full guidance here.

Unfortunately, not all businesses can open yet. To see if your business can, read the latest advice as of 23 June 2020 here.

For businesses

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Please follow this link to find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

The Experience West Sussex Partnership is currently talking to partners, Visit Britain, sector associations and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) across the South East who are all working together for the benefit of the sector in this region during this time.

We are also talking to West Sussex tourism businesses to gather intelligence on the impact of Covid-19 on the industry. If you have specific issues you would like to raise please contact us at

Given the fast-changing situation, this page will be updated on a regular basis and we will keep it updated in accordance with official advice from the government, Public Health England and Visit England.

Government has launched a coronavirus business support finder tool which will help businesses and self-employed individuals across the UK, to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them. Click here to find out more.

The Government has released guidance for those who work in hospitality, shops, branches, art galleries, theatres and more.  These documents will help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work and safely reopen during coronavirus.

To ensure that you always have the most up-to-date version,  please bookmark the appropriate links and regularly check for updates:

Visitor Economy

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

The restaurants and pubs guidance has been revised to incorporate updated announcements that businesses can operate in addition to the existing ability to provide take away and delivery services. Read the updated guidance here.

Heritage Locations

Offices and contact centres

UK Hospitality Protocols

Funding opportunities for businesses

Government Bounce Back Loans – deadline: 4 November 2020

National Lottery – Heritage Fund – deadline: 30 June 2020

Sport England – deadline: 31 July 2020

Adur & Worthing Council Grants and Funds

Arun District Council Grants and Funds

Chichester District Council Grants

Crawley Borough Council Grants and Business Rates

Horsham District Council Grants and Business Rates

Mid Sussex District Council Grants and Funds

Further business resources:

Government coronavirus business support blog

Non-Governmental coronavirus advice

Government advice for Charity Sector

West Sussex Covid-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan

For visitors and residents

All residents and current or future visitors who have bookings in West Sussex should contact the individual businesses to check their operating status, postponement, refund and cancellation policies. We also ask that anyone currently in West Sussex adheres to the government’s message about staying alert. Read the Government guidance on what you can and can’t do here.

Helpful resources

NHS advice

Financial advice

Mental Health advice

Legal Aid advice 

Business support webinars

Government business support webinars

Government webinars on supporting staff and self-employed

HMRC webinars: helping employers support employees

CIPD – HR resources and webinars

ACAS webinars

Sector related links

Visit Britain / Visit England

Helping the tourism industry recover from COVID-19 – VisitBritain paper

New industry standard in development in response to COVID-19 – VisitBritain

UK Hospitality

UK Inbound

Association of Independent Museums

Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

Confederation of British Industry

Federation of small businesses

Regional links

West Sussex County Council

Business West Sussex

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Government updates

24 June 2020: Tourism and hospitality sectors can open from 4th July

10 June 2020: What you can and can’t do

18 May 2020: Everyone with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests

12 May 2020: Furlough scheme extended until October

11 May 2020: COVID-19 recovery strategy

11 May 2020: Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

21 March 2020 Guidance: Social Distancing

26 March 2020 Guidance: Employees, employers and businesses

24 March 2020 Guidance: Accommodation providers

17 March 2020 Guidance: Pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways

26 March 2020 Guidance: Closing certain businesses and premises

26 March 2020 Guidance: Financial help if you’re self-employed

Up-to-date Guidance: Business support measures

22 March 2020 Guidance: Essential travel

24 March 2020 Guidance: COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers