The Covid-19 news is not good. The number of new cases reported daily in the UK continues to rise and is frequently exceeding 600. This at a time when many are struggling to be tested, so the true figure is most certainly far greater. Although it can be inconvenient, I believe that this level of increase warrants tighter restrictions. I am not however convinced that the 10pm curfew of pubs and restaurants makes sense in this context. The vast majority of these establishments in Eastbourne are extremely well managed and I find it hard to believe that you are any more likely to catch CV19 after 10pm than before it. I know that it is argued that larger numbers may gather in pubs after that time, but with controls in place it is possible to manage these numbers and probably safer to manage drinkers in this environment, than drive them to illegal house parties, where social distancing will be impossible. The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit by this pandemic and deserves to be trusted to look after customers in a responsible way.
The consultation over the future of the ‘walk-in centre’ at the Railway Station has now closed. I have met with NHS managers a couple of times to discuss this and stress the importance of this facility for: those who live in the town centre; residents who have a need to see a doctor urgently; the homeless and visitors to our town. I hope that those making the decision on this understand the importance of the centre and decide to keep it open.
I am pleased to learn that as from the 13th October East Sussex County Council will be reopening the remaining libraries that were closed due to Covid. These include Hampden Park and whilst the facilities will be limited, it is good to know that the building will once again be accessible. For those wanting to borrow books without having to browse on site, they also offer a select and collect service.