Disruption to council services

This is our central point for news about council services when they are affected by events outside our control.

National lockdown: Stay at Home rules now apply in East Sussex.

General support during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Translated guidance on COVID-19

Government guidance available in many languages, on GOV.UK:

NHS advice from Doctors of the World, produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, available in 34 languages:

SignHealth is a deaf health charity which produces daily updates of government guidance in British Sign Language:

Schools, children and families

Adult social care and mental health

Adult social care

Linden Court (Learning Disability day centre) is now open.

The following services are temporarily closed:

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) clinics
  • Blue Badge clinics
  • Day services for older people. Support will still be offered to day service clients depending on their level of need
  • Skills Development and Employment Pathway (SDEP).

Changes have been made to the following services:

  • Social care assessments, reviews and safeguarding enquiries will be completed by phone wherever possible
  • The Carers’ Breaks service is still running and aiming to contact people by phone where possible
  • Learning disability respite services are still running, but the service is prioritising crisis situations
  • Learning disability day services remain open with some reductions planned. There is limited access to transport in some cases.

If you already use any of these services and have any queries, please contact the service directly.

To report abuse or neglect, apply for care and support or get support for a carer please continue to contact Adult Social Care.

If you are an Adult Social Care provider, see our page on COVID-19 updates for providers in East Sussex.

Community mental health services

Services are continuing and clients who were being supported face-to-face are now being offered regular support by phone or email. New referrals can be made. For further information please see:

Libraries and archives

All East Sussex libraries are now temporarily closed for general use, due to the National Lockdown: Stay at Home rules. Customers can continue to reserve books from the library catalogue or by calling 0345 60 80 196 to pick up from the entrance of their local library.

Essential computer access will remain available for Internet banking or Universal Credit applications, please pre-book a computer session. The home library service will remain in place for vulnerable users, book by calling 0345 60 80 196. Customers can continue to access a wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines, as well as information through East Sussex’s eLibrary. We look forward to welcoming you back soon, when it is safe to do so.

The Keep (Archive Centre)

The Keep building will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice. We will still be responding to phone and email enquiries, but please be aware there might be a slight delay.

The research and reprographics service will still be running. You can access The Keep services online

We will be posting updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

You can also get updates by signing up for our newsletter.

We look forward to welcoming you back, when it is safe to do so.

Register Offices

Weddings and Civil Partnerships

Current lockdown restrictions remain in place until 28 March, meaning that weddings and civil partnerships can only happen in exceptional circumstances (for example where one party is seriously ill and not expected to recover). From 29 March, small weddings and civil partnerships with 6 people can take place. The Government’s roadmap for easing lockdown can be found here: COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021.

Our team is contacting all couples with bookings during this time. For further details and information about brand new ceremony bookings, please see our Ceremonies website: COVID-19 effects on weddings and ceremonies in East Sussex.

Notices of Marriage and Notice of Civil Partnership

We are contacting couples who need to give notice, in anticipation of their East Sussex ceremony going ahead.

If you are an East Sussex resident getting married outside of the county, email ceremonieshub@eastsussex.gov.uk 2 months before the date of your ceremony (no earlier).

Please help us to manage the volume of enquiries we are receiving by waiting for a response before emailing again.

Death registrations

We are registering all deaths by telephone and by appointment only. See Register a death.

Birth registrations

We are registering births again. Parents/carers with unregistered babies should book online at Registering a birth.

Please be aware that availability is limited and you may be offered a time several weeks ahead. Thank you for your patience.

While you are waiting, you can still make a claim for Child Benefit and Universal Credit without a birth certificate.

Citizenship ceremonies

All citizenship ceremonies will be conducted virtually.

Rubbish and recycling

All Household Waste Recycling Sites will remain open during lockdown, with normal opening hours.

Cars can attend each day, but vans and vehicles over 2m will only be accepted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Van drivers need to bring a proof of address (driver’s licence or recent utility bill) and they will be subject to new trade waste inspections.

Trailers are not currently permitted.

Before visiting, please check the information for your local site: Rubbish and recycling in East Sussex.

Please reduce your waste where possible and recycle as much as you can through your kerbside collections. Only visit if it is essential, and please follow social distancing rules.

Roads, transport and parking

Bus services


We have needed to make some changes to parking and permits. See Temporary changes to parking during coronavirus for more information.

If you are an NHS staff member, health or social care worker, or NHS Volunteer Responder, there is a government parking pass scheme in place. We recognise these passes when they are being used as described on the government website. Please be aware that we do not issue these passes. You should contact your employer if you have any questions about them or to apply for one.


Some work on roads and footpaths is continuing. For our coronavirus highways update, see East Sussex Highways

For other latest information please follow ‘East Sussex roads’ or Sussex Police on Twitter or see the BBC live traffic news.

Countryside sites

Seven Sisters Country Park is open, but the visitor centre and toilets remain closed.

Grants, funding and resources for not for profits

The External Funding Team produces Funding News monthly to provide resources, support and grants. The newsletter includes a COVID-19 section.