Doctor Katie Cuming, a Public Health Consultant for Brighton & Hove City Council says the advice for New Year’s Eve this year is simple; ‘stay at home’.
Dr Cuming said:
“The number of people with Covid and becoming seriously unwell in Brighton & Hove and across Sussex is rising fast; our NHS services are under extreme pressure.
“In the seven days to 24 December there were 915 confirmed new Covid-19 cases in Brighton & Hove. This is a 50 per cent increase from the previous week.
“Parties and gatherings at this time could be Covid "super-spreader" events, leading people to become very seriously ill which could result in the loss of more lives.
“I urge everyone to stay at home this year and help prevent the spread of the virus.
“The new strain of the coronavirus seems to be incredibly contagious, and it’s still the case that one in three people who has it, doesn’t have any symptoms so will be spreading it without knowing.
“Anyone thinking about hosting a New Year’s party or organising a gathering – even outside - is behaving irresponsibly whilst we have this new more infectious strain of coronavirus circulating.
“By organising and attending any event where there are people outside of your household or your support bubble, you’re putting your own life and the lives of the people around you at risk.
“We need to continue with our huge collective effort against the virus and reduce our contact with others.
“This will save lives and ease the pressures on our health service at this most challenging time.
“See in 2021 safely and smaller this year. Celebrate New Year's Eve and the new year at home.”
Book a test at the first sign of any Covid related symptoms
If you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if very mild – you must immediately self-isolate with your household and book a test.
There are three Local Testing Sites in the city in Portslade, East Brighton and a new site at Preston Park.
All tests must be booked online or by phoning 119.
Information about council services and support available and planned over Christmas is on the council’s website.
• Support in Brighton & Hove over Christmas 2020