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Social distancing still not getting through as scenes from Gatwick show

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An image posted on Twitter appears to questions social distancing measures and how they are still not being adhered to.

The tweet posted this morning shows a crowded scene at check-in desks in Gatwick Airport.

Last night the Prime Minister made it clear that people were to stay at home wherever possible and for those who had to go out for work or for essential travel that social distancing measures must be followed.


But images from London showing crowded tube trains and construction sites with numerous workers in close proximity to each other clearly shows that the advice is still not being followed.

All non-essential businesses have now been asked to close. A full list of which businesses are to close and who may remain open is available here.


A Gatwick spokesperson said:

“Gatwick’s priority remains the safety of our passengers and staff.  Our staff have been strongly advising passengers to adhere to social distancing measures in the terminals by encouraging passengers to stay two metres apart from one another.

“This advice is being followed by most passengers, however, we are aware of unfortunate incidents when this guidance has been ignored.

“Gatwick will continue to follow the advice of Public Health England in full and have made hand sanitizer available in our terminals, with PHE guidance on hand washing also displayed prominently across the airport.”

Elsewhere children were seen using a skatepark in Southgate, Crawley. Council staff dispersed the users and said the skatepark was closed but as it was an open access site then there was no way to completely close it.

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COVID-19 vaccination centre opens in Crawley

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Residents across West Sussex can now receive their COVID-19 immunisations at a new vaccination centre in Crawley.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has today (1 February) opened the appointment only facility at Crawley Hospital in West Green Drive.

The service is by appointment only with vaccinations delivered by teams from SCFT.

Residents who are eligible for vaccinations and who live within a 60 mile radius of Crawley Hospital are being written to directly by the NHS and invited to book an appointment.

This vaccination centre follows the opening of the Brighton Centre last week and is in addition to the local GP-led vaccination services that now cover all patients in Sussex, and select pharmacy-led services that are also available through the national booking system.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I’m delighted we are able to open Crawley Hospital as a vaccination centre today for residents across West Sussex and want to pay tribute to all teams from SCFT who have been involved in making this happen.

“The opening of Crawley Hospital today follows the successful launch of the vaccination centre at the Brighton Centre last week, and is all part of making the COVID-19 vaccination as accessible as possible to the communities we serve.”

Vaccination centres are another part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, working alongside GP-led vaccination services, specific pharmacies and hospital hubs.

While GPs invite their patients to get vaccinated at their local vaccination service, appointments at the vaccination centres are made through the national booking service.

The national booking service writes to eligible people, living within 60 miles of a vaccination centre, inviting them to book an appointment at the centre online or over the phone. The letter contains all the details people will need to book their appointment.

Anyone receiving a letter from the national booking service can choose whether to book an appointment at the vaccination centre, or wait until they are contacted by their GP for an appointment at their local vaccination service if that would be more convenient.

There are more than 1,000 GP services and more than 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.

Donna Lamb, Chief Nurse at SCFT, said:

“We are so proud to be able to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Sussex.

“Our trained vaccinators, supported by amazing volunteers, are on hand to help patients who attend our centres and we look forward to vaccinating many more people in the coming weeks which will make a huge difference to the communities we serve.

“I would encourage anyone who is invited for a vaccination to take up the offer.”

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