What’s open in Eastbourne on Monday April 12?
Eastbourne is open for business – that’s the message from shops, pubs, restaurants, gyms and hair salons on Monday (April 12) as the country marks step two on the roadmap out of lockdown.
And supporting them is essential say business and hospitality leaders after a tough year of the Covid-19 pandemic and various lockdowns.
From Monday non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality venues reopen for the first time in months - and the ‘stay local’ message will end, meaning some domestic holidays will be possible. Eastbourne Hospitality Association says 2021 will be the year for self-catering holidays in the town.
Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve food and alcohol outdoors. Unlike restrictions last December, there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew but there will be no standing at the bar. The rule of six will still apply – up to six people, or two separate households – as will social distancing rules.
Your Eastbourne BID, which represents businesses, is urging people to shop local.
Leanna Forse said, “Without our amazing businesses, Eastbourne would not have a town centre. This past year has been extremely difficult for everyone and many businesses had to adapt their way of working very quickly, with many having to close their doors throughout several lockdowns. However, from Monday, these shops, salons, gyms and some pubs and restaurants will be throwing open their doors and are all very excited to be welcoming you back. We have been working closely with businesses to support them as they reopen and to brighten up the shopping areas with new banners, lighting and bunting. Together we can safely reopen and rebuild our high street so please help by supporting your favourites and browsing some new places.”