Coronavirus fears force Eastbourne beach clean to be postponed

Beach cleans set to take place in Eastbourne this weekend have been postponed due to coronavirus.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 10:54 am
Updated Monday, 16th March 2020, 11:01 am

The events, due to take place on Saturday and Sunday (March 21-22), have been cancelled due to concerns about group gatherings as the COVID-19 continues to spread.

Olive Sterno, of Plastic Free Eastbourne, said in a statement, “With regret, it has been decided to postpone our beach cleans this weekend.

“This is entirely due to the rapidly deteriorating status caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Eastbourne beach clean

Mr Sterno said he had taken advice from the council’s Neighbourhood First team.

He said, “The risk assessments now prepared suggest the potential harm to everyone is too high to proceed. All in all, this was quite a simple decision to reach.”

Surfers Against Sewage, the charity leading the beach clean campaign, said it was ‘the most sensible decision’, according to Mr Sterno.

He said, “Clearly, this will disappoint many and our beaches will be left uncleared. Of course individuals and small groups could beach clean, as many already do.”

Plastic Free Eastbourne will also be postponing group presentations, school assemblies, publicity stall interaction, and monthly meetings.

It is thought the postponed beach cleans will be held in the autumn.

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