More than 6 months after the country went into lockdown, the threat of the Coronavirus is still very much with us. The number of infections is once again rising steadily and local lockdowns have been introduced in many parts of the UK and now affect more than 10 million people. Here in the South East, although we remain below the national average, we are not immune. Last week the risk rating moved from Green to Yellow which, the Government Escalation framework tells us, means that we need to have a ‘raised level of alertness’ to the risks.
Several people have commented to me that they don’t understand what all of the fuss is about and that they do not know of anyone who has caught CV-19. They are therefore very lucky. It is probably due to the protective measures that have been taken that this is the case. Let us make no mistake, this virus is a killer and it would be foolish to ignore the risks. It remains very important that we all continue to abide by the social distancing rules, as this appears to be the only way to manage the spread of CV-19 until a reliable vaccine is found.
Government changes to the maximum number of people congregating has had an impact on our local walking festival. It is still taking place, but instead of the walks having a leader, these will now be self-led. You can find details of a wide range of walks varying from ‘easy’ to ‘intense’ on the Visit Eastbourne website. I am sure that it will still be a fantastic event. It was good to be able to welcome Sir Tim Smit and David Harland (Founder and Chief Executive of the Eden Project) to Eastbourne at the start of the festival and to hear their enthusiasm for the opportunities we have to enhance Eastbourne Park. We are very fortunate to have their help and advice.
Also in town for the launch of both the Festival and ‘Beat the Street’ was Dr William Bird who founded this exercise game. I met up with him at Langney Primary Academy where staff and pupils are just some of almost 6000 participants for the event. Eastbourne is the only place in the UK where this is currently taking place. It is free to join and runs until the 4 November. Details can be found on the ‘Beat the Street’ website or at a variety of locations, including the Welcome Building at Devonshire Park. Why not join in?