With Christmas fast approaching and the Government decision to partially relax restrictions following the second lockdown, I am sure that we were all hoping for a short respite from the challenges posed by Covid-19. Sadly, this is not the case as, whilst the rate of infection remains lower in Eastbourne than the national average, the numbers are increasing. There is the added concern that a new strain of the virus has been identified and this is spreading in the South East of England and the high infection rates seen a week ago in Kent, are now hitting Hastings and Rother. The message is clear, we need to remain extremely vigilant, continue to maintain social distancing, wash our hands regularly, wear face masks and resist the temptation to hug friends and families over the Christmas. The USA saw a spike in infection rates following their thanksgiving break and it is likely that the same will happen here following Christmas.
The restrictions on what we can and cannot do has hit our local eateries hard. So, I am really disappointed to hear that since reopening many pubs and restaurants have reported that they have been taking bookings from people who just don’t turn up. I know that plans change, but I would ask on their behalf that you let the venue know in advance if you need to cancel. Being in Tier 2 has hit them badly. They order food and arrange staffing to cover the numbers that they are expecting to cater for, so please help them at this difficult time.
If you are shopping in the town centre, please don’t forget about the Christmas Cracker raffle. This is a ticket that money cannot buy, but just spend £40 or more on food or goods and email the receipts to Christmas@youreastbournebid.com or take them to: the Welcome Building; Coffee Republic or Flowers of Eastbourne at The Enterprise Centre, a and you have the chance to win a magnificent prize which will last the whole of 2021.
Looking for something to do with the Children over the holiday period, why not pay a visit to the Congress MOVIE theatre? Congress complies fully with the Government guidelines to protect against the spread of Covid-19 and provides a big screen experience for a range of Christmas films including: The Nightmare before Christmas; Frozen; Nativity; Elf; The Muppet Christmas Carol and more.