Coronavirus - COVID 19 - Latest Updates

Yapton Parish Council is keeping the current local situation with the coronavirus under review. Please see separate page headed "Coronavirus - What's happening in Yapton" for further information. For more information on help available or for contacts to offer help please contact Pippa Greenan (Parish Councillor) on 07879404738 OR  contact the Clerk by e-mail or phone if you require further assistance.


NATIONAL INFORMATIONIf you are a member of the public looking for health advice, go to the NHS website. And if you are looking for the latest travel information, and advice about the government response to the outbreak, go to the website.



How do I join?

Just register here you will then be asked to select from a list of tasks. Once your registration and checks are complete you can download the GoodSAM Responders app. Local volunteer tasks will be pushed to your phone with an alert when you switch the app to ‘on duty’.


The West Sussex Communities Team has published the following information and link for those willing to volunteer locally:

Working with the District & Borough Councils, Town and Parish Councils and the voluntary and community sector we are creating a volunteer Hub that amongst other things will capture staff that are freed up due to normal duties being suspended and offers of volunteering that can be deployed to support the vulnerable where gaps and demand exist. 

With offers of volunteering over and above the swell of offers to check on neighbours and do their shopping etc, we are particularly keen to capture peoples skills so we can use them most effectively.

Community Hub

We have now launched our new online community hub, and any residents who either need help, or wish to volunteer in supporting others, can now do so via this platform. All future contact to the Community Hub webpages can be accessed via this link:

Any help in promoting the hub will be most appreciated.

Your support in responding to this email request is greatly appreciated.

This section was updated on the 1st April 2020.


Dispersing Groups/Gatherings

This section gives information on what to do if residents raise concerns that they have seen groups/gatherings.  The link below is Sussex Police page and an FAQ on “Can I disperse groups of more than 2 people”.


Volunteers – how to help safely

There have been a number of communications about keeping volunteers and vulnerable safe during this time with all of the positive community support to help emerging. The Government website produced basic guidance on 26th March that might help answer some questions.


Coronavirus – Guidance on access to green spaces

Guidance on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others.

Published 27 March 2020


Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, and Natural England

People walking through green space.

People walking through green space.

The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.

Please use the following guidance in order to stay safe:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors

Please see the latest government guidance on social distancing.

Please be aware that if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) or at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, then you must stay at home. See the latest guidance from Public Health England.


Regular updates produced by West Sussex County Council by following this link:

Press releases

In order to ensure that communities are kept informed on our latest actions, we are regularly updating our website with press releases, giving extra detail on our services, in light of COVID-19.


The following publications may be of help - please quick on the link highlighted to gain access:

Parish Newsletter – This is promoting the now active Community Hub on the WSCC website and phone number.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice Monday 30 March – This has gone out to residents who have signed up to the E-Newsletter and there are some very useful links


IN addition further information and updates are being provided by Arun Disitrict Council by clicking here:


Together we can save lives - “Our policing services are still delivering safety for you whenever you need them,” says Chief Constable Giles York. Sussex Police is working with its partners in an enormous joint effort to help tackle the coronavirus crisis. See full report here:


Action Fraud Alert Logo

Get Safe Online


Message Type Icon


Get Safe Online Advice Re Coronavirus


Dear resident,

You, Coronavirus and staying safe online
We all have enough to be concerned about from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. That’s why our online experts have put together some top tips about how to protect yourself, your loved ones, finances and devices from the scams that are currently circulating. As well as advice about keeping yourself and your organisation protected whilst working from home.
To see more about online safety during this uncertain time visit or take a look at our new online leaflet attached.
Stay well and stay safe online,
The Get Safe Online Team


GSO_COVID-19_Leaflet.pdf - 697.8 KB