You may have noticed that the picturesque Carpet Gardens, which form the centrepiece of our Victorian seafront are not up to their normal splendid standards this year. This is a sad consequence of the Covid lockdown. Each year the Council uses around 45,000 bedding plants to create this magnificent display. As the growing of plants was considered non-essential under government guidance, suppliers sent many of their staff home and are therefore unable to supply us this year. I hope that things will be back to normal for 2021.
With theatres around the country still closed, I have been asked whether the Christmas panto will still take place this year. The simple answer is that whilst we have not yet reached a final decision, with the considerable level of uncertainty that exists around the future need for social distancing, the chances of staging any major production this year are diminishing.
Good news for those who love to read. The County Council have announced that Eastbourne Central library will reopen on the 13th of July. Better still, you can borrow up to 20 books and they will not need to be returned until the end of September.
The local Covid-19 group of: Council reps; Business and Voluntary organisations, the Police and Health continue to meet on a regular basis. At our meeting last week, we were discussing the further relaxation of the lockdown. Whilst we are of course pleased that many businesses are able to reopen and that we are once again able to meet friends and family that we have not seen for a long time, we wish to stress the importance of sticking to the distancing rules, continuing to wash hands or use hand sanitiser regularly and wear face masks on public transport and in shops. I am sure that nobody wants to return to a full lockdown, so let’s be vigilant and beat this disease.