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.

Under new Government guidance, 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

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

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

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others can be found here. Please also see the West Sussex County Council website for additional local guidance.

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 launches new coronavirus business support finder tool. The new tool 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.

Funding opportunities for businesses:

Government Business Support

Government Bounce Back Loans

Coast to Capital – Backing Business Grants

Arts Council England

National Lottery – Heritage Fund – deadline for applications is 30 June 2020

Sport England

Historic England Fund

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

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 at home and away from others.

Please note that as per the government’s advice and guidance, essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence.

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

WTTC Travel and Tourism 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

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