List of facilities affected in Eastbourne and the UK after the government’s special coronavirus measures

The Prime Minister last night (Monday) outlined in his daily coronavirus public broadcast that many more services in Eastbourne and the UK will be shutdown during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 1:15 pm

A government spokesperson said, “The government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

“Everyone is instructed to comply with the rules issued by the government in relation to coronavirus, in order to protect both themselves and others.

“Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. Businesses and premises that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines.”

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This is a list of the government’s increased measures outlined yesterday (March 23) which state what is and is not open.

Food and drink


Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational.

Takeaway and delivery services

May remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March.

Cafes, including workplace canteens

Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational. Cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless can all remain operational.


Must remain closed

Bars and nightclubs, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs

Must remain closed

Retail and public premises which are expected to remain open must:

Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants.

Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.

Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.


Remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day.

Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.

Hair, beauty and nail salons, including piercing, tattoo and massage parlours remain closed.

All retail is closed with notable exceptions which include: Supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including nondispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, banks.

Outdoor and indoor markets will be closed but there is an excpetion for market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food.

Auction houses and car showrooms must remain closed.


There are exceptions for hotels, hostels, bnbs, campsites, boarding houses for commercial use and caravan park/sites for commercial uses.

A government spokesperson said, “Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable they may continue to do so. Key workers can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required.

“Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.”

Non-residential institutions


Must remain closed

There are exceptions for community centres, youth centres and similar

A government spokesperson said, “Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.

“We will do everything to support vulnerable people who are without a network of friends and families.”

There are exceptions for places of worship for services

A government spokesperson said funerals may remain but following the social distancing guidance; places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer. Live streaming of a service without audience would be permissible.

Cinemas, theatres and concert halls

The new measures say live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.

Assembly and leisure

The following must all remain closed: museums and galleries, bingo halls, casinos and betting shops, spas, skating rinks, fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres, arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar.

Outdoor recreation

The following must remain closed: enclosed spaces in parks, including playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms or similar.

• Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an illness which affects the lungs and airways. Symptoms are a high temperature and continuous cough.

• The Government is now telling people to stay at home unless: shopping for basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, any medical need or to help a vulnerable person, and travelling to and from work - ONLY when absolutely necessary

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