Stay safe this Halloween and avoid spreading Covid-19

Covid-19 is still being transmitted in our communities and the risks of infection are still with us. Just last week there were more than 2,500 new cases reported in seven days across West Sussex.

Avoid spreading Covid-19 this Halloween by following some simple precautions and staying at home if you or your children have symptoms.

If you plan to celebrate with others, help #KeepWestSussexSafe by remembering that meeting outdoors is safest, but if you do meet indoors, make sure to let fresh air in.

Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health for West Sussex, said: “Our aim is for people to be safe whilst they celebrate Halloween.

“We completely understand that many of you will be looking forward to getting together with family and friends at Halloween, and would just want to remind you of the simple steps they can take to keep themselves and others as safe as possible.

“So, if you are planning some spooky fun, I’d recommend you take a free lateral flow test before so you can be confident you aren’t spreading the infection. Remember to wash your hands regularly or use anti-bacterial hand gel, encourage everyone to keep a bit of distance and don’t go out if you’ve got any symptoms of Covid-19.

“If you haven’t had your free Covid-19 vaccine yet, and you are eligible, you can still get one. Appointments are available across the county and in many places you can simply walk-in at a time that suits you.”

Find information on our website about vaccinations and how to book them.

Details of how you can get free Covid-19 testing kits are available on our website. They can be ordered to be delivered direct to your home or picked up from collection points across West Sussex.

Our website also contains details of help and support available to people who have been affected by Covid-19.

Visit our Covid-19 data dashboard to see the latest figures across West Sussex, including those in your local area by using our postcode checker.