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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information and advice for residents and businesses in Horsham District.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page last updated: March 25 10.55am

Coronavirus: Council service updates

The national response to the coronavirus COVID-19 is being led by our health partners. Learn about the government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK.

Horsham District Council is working closely with Public Health England the Department of Health & Social Care to respond to the national situation. We are working to protect front line services to the public.

For health advice, including what to do if you have symptoms and stay at home advice, visit the NHS website.

Visit the NHS website

Parkside office closed to the public

Following the Government’s latest announcement, the Parkside offices in Horsham for West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council are closed to the public.

You can continue to access Council services online: please help family members and neighbours to access services if necessary. If you have an urgent enquiry please phone our customer services team on 01403 215100.

If you are homeless or facing homelessness please contact us by email For Homeless Outreach Support contact us 9am-5pm Monday-Friday on 07736 268902.

Parking measures

Horsham District Council has introduced free parking in all Horsham District Council owned car parks to help Horsham residents park more safely, support key workers and avoid road congestion during the Coronavirus situation.

West Sussex County Council has introduced a dispensation notice scheme for people who park within the Controlled Parking Zone.

Find out more about both measures

Parks and countryside restrictions

Horsham District’s parks and countryside sites are vitally important at this time. However, social distancing, as set out by the Government, is absolutely crucial.

We have therefore put in place some restrictions, with immediate effect on Monday 23 March. Please visit our dedicated Coronavirus: Parks, leisure and venues page for full information.

Supporting the community

We are very aware of the increased need to support vulnerable people across our communities, and the enormous response from people wanting to help in any way they can.

Horsham District Council are putting in place ways in which we can best support communities to ensure that the most vulnerable are kept safe and well during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The best way to do this will be at the local level.

Find out more, get involved or tell us about a vulnerable person on our Coronavirus (COVID-19): Community support page

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Public services, events and meetings

We are monitoring the situation very closely and we are following government guidance on what steps to take regarding public events or meetings.

The latest information and updates for each of our venues and activities will be posted on our Your questions answered page.

Our actions

We are working hard to communicate the latest information to all key stakeholders and the public, including:

  • councillors
  • council staff
  • residents
  • businesses
  • communities and charity groups
  • media including TV, radio and press

A message from Councillor Ray Dawe, Leader of Horsham District Council

Like the rest of the country, in Horsham District we are facing the very serious issue of the coronavirus.

We are now entering a phase in dealing with this disease that will require big changes to the way we live. It will undoubtedly continue for weeks rather than days. Things are changing daily and will touch virtually all aspects of our lives.

As a council we have already made internal changes and stopped non-essential council meetings to concentrate on how we can best deal with this issue. We are also working with the NHS and other councils to ensure we co-ordinate our actions.

This is a huge and unprecedented change for us all.  We can best meet the challenge of COVID-19 by supporting one another, listening to government advice and working together.

We will share relevant information with you over the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, please take care, look out for your neighbours and get them to sign up to our Latest News email updates.

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