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.

New rules are now in force meaning that you must stay at home.

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where it absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

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 getinvolved@experiencewestsussex.com.

UK Hospitality is working with the government to help re-deploy talent in the sector and to collate a central booking system for hotels willing to take NHS staff.

If you’re a hotel provider and you are able to support, please email Richard Clifford and ensure you indicate the hotel that you are making available, along with the number of rooms.

To register your interest in helping to redeploy industry talent, please also email Richard Clifford.

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.

Funding opportunities for businesses:

Government Business Support

Coast to Capital – Backing Business Grants

Arts Council England

National Lottery – Heritage Fund

Sport England

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

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

CIPD – HR resources and webinars

ACAS webinars

Legal Aid advice 

WTTC Travel and Tourism webinars

Sector related links

Visit Britain / Visit England

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

23 March 2020 Guidance: Staying at home and away from others

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