WITH the nation in lockdown, there are still a lot of questions about what is essential and what we can and cannot do. We have tried to answer your vital questions.

Will my bins be collected?

Maybe. Brighton and Hove refuse sites are closed. Collections are continuing but with staff shortages missed collections will be left until the next scheduled day.

Can takeaways stay open?

Yes. The government’s advice on takeaways and deliveries is that: “These can continue but please follow Public Health England guidance on social distancing - including not inviting customers inside to wait. Ordering by phone strongly advised.”

Can I take the dog for a walk?

Yes, provided it is only once a day walking the dog can be your daily outdoor exercise. Walk only with other family members and do not meet up with others.

If I take the children to the park for exercise can they go on playground equipment?

Brighton and Hove City Council will be locking playgrounds where possible. Signs will be put up telling people not to use them.

Which shops are open?

Supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, bicycle shops, garages, car rentals, pet shops, cornershops, newsagents, post offices, and banks.


Can I take my car for an MOT?

New guidance is expected soon, but at the moment garages are on the list of businesses allowed to stay open.

“The Department for Transport continues to keep MOT testing for cars, motorcycles and light vans under review. It will provide an update in due course.”

Can I go to the dentist?

Dentists are currently only offering emergency appointments. If you are in pain or urgent need of dental treatment call your dentist.

What should I do if I’m selling my house?

Websites like Zoopla are seeing a rise on browsers- but it might not translate into sales. Make sure your selling pictures are good and offer video tours on social media. Do not allow prospective buyers to visit your home in person.

Can I go and stay in an isolated holiday property?


The government has ordered all hotels bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use.

  • The coronavirus Sussex Crisis Fund has been set up to help those affected by the pandemic. The Argus’s charity and American Express have each donated £50,000 to kick-start the appeal. Grants will usually be for up to £5,000. More information is available at www.sussexgiving. org.uk/apply. To donate visit www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/sussexcrisisfund