Coronavirus (Covid-19) latest

Statement from the Leader of Council, Cllr Bob Standley

As we approach the New Year we must do all we can to keep ourselves and others safe from coronavirus. With new variants of the virus continuing to surface, we have an even greater responsibility to ensure that residents are kept safe, and that our high streets can remain open for business.

Even people who have been vaccinated should act with care to protect others. All adults and children over the age of 12 years are now eligible to receive the first dose of the vaccine. If you are yet to be vaccinated, or have not yet had your booster vaccine (available to those aged 40 years and over), you can book an appointment online using the NHS booking service or by calling 119.

The latest information on local vaccination can be found on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website alongside details of walk-in clinics. East Sussex County Council is providing free transport for residents who have no means of attending their vaccination appointment.

On Tuesday 30 November, the government re-introduced the mandatory wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport. To help keep each other safe and to keep our high streets open, we ask that you wear a face covering whilst out travelling and shopping (unless you are exempt) and respect the personal space of others. Anyone experiencing Covid symptoms should stay at home and make an appointment to get tested. Do so online or by calling 119.

Significant effort is being focused on the Council’s Covid recovery plan. We have updated our Corporate Plan to help ensure this receives sufficient emphasis and to allow us to focus on our Climate Change goal of becoming a carbon-neutral District by 2050 at the latest. In our meeting of Full Council on 24 November, we backed a motion endorsing the government’s Net Zero Strategy.

We are continuing to provide all our usual public services as well as much additional support. Our reception remains closed, so please email us whenever possible or access services 24/7 on the Wealden website. Our phone lines may be busier than usual, so please bear with us. Our free weekly e-newsletter “MyAlerts” will also help keep you updated. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular service updates.

Cllr Bob Standley, Leader, Wealden District Council

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