Shops selling non-essential goods are being told to close and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together are to be prohibited.

Against this background of national measures being tightened, the more local developments we have heard about today are as follows

In Henfield:

  • Henfield Helpline launched from the Henfield Haven. So far they have logged 126 volunteers onto the database, ranging from dog-walkers, drivers, shoppers, chatters and prescription collectors.


    They have handled 13 specific calls for help, coming from as far afield as Guernsey and County Durham, the majority being to check on elderly relatives and to pick up prescriptions. Most have been successfully linked up with the appropriate, neighbourly volunteer.

    Collecting prescriptions from Lloyds has proved challenging and the Parish Council is working to improve arrangements.

    4000 flyers about the Helpline should arrive by Wednesday to be distributed by volunteers. Please note that at present the Helpline is just catering for Henfield and the BN5 postal area. There have been requests from Dial Post and beyond, which have been passed on to other groups.

    The Helpline will continue to operate from the Haven, subject to any change in government guidelines.

  • {myDentist} Henfield has cancelled all routine appointments. Emergency treatment is still available.
  • Relish are offering a takeaway service with fresh and frozen meals, fish, bread and other foods available. Call 01273 495551 for information and to order.
  • Jeremy’s Two & Jeremy’s continue to offer a free local delivery service, with the number of deliveries being limited by the staffing and logistics. If you visit the shops, please be prepared to wait outside in order to limit the number of people insidce and please pay by card rather than cash.
  • Henfield Tennis Club has announced additional precautions for members. The clubhouse will now be closed but members can continue to use the courts as long as they apply the proper social distancing rules and hygiene procedures.

Further afield:

  • West Sussex County Council has closed all household waste and recycling sites until further notice in order to reinforce social distancing guidelines, protect staff and highway safety. The Government has issued advice about disposing of rubbish should you have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in your household. Used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be put into a rubbish bag. The bag should then be put into a second bag and tied securely. You should then wait 72 hours before putting it in your outside bin. You are able to dispose of other household waste as normal.
  • Horsham District Council has announced the closure of all parks and nature areas in order to preserve social distancing.
  • Pensioners and vulnerable people with WSCC bus passes will be allowed to use buses earlier on weekdays.
  • In Hove, Oaklands Nursing Home has reported 16 out of 20 residents and 7 staff have symptoms of coronavirus. Government guidance on Residential Care is available online.