EASTBOURNE Borough Council has defended the way the seafront market is run.

This comes after criticism from Eastbourne Pier owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar on Thursday.

Mr Gulzar believes there is a lack of social distancing, and says there appears to be limited Covid 19 precautions such as for hand washing.

When pressed yesterday, this is what he told the Herald: “The market on the seafront is a clear example of where social distancing measures are not being adopted, neither, from we can see, are there sufficient sanitiser measures and wearing of masks in place.”

We asked Eastbourne Borough Council to comment on the matter.

A spokesman said: “Eastbourne’s Seafront Market has a strict safety and social distancing plan in place and its implementation has been monitored throughout with several site visits by Eastbourne Borough Council, including checks on the first day of opening.  

“Current guidance does not require the wearing of face coverings at outdoor markets, although many are choosing to do so.

“Large quantities of sanitiser are in fact available with dispensers on each stall and further sanitising stations across the site, as well as hand washing facilities for staff and glove supplies for good measure.

“Market stalls have been spaced out to reduce contact, with distancing markers for queuing and one way systems in higher footfall areas. Stewards will also be on site across the Bank Holiday weekend to manage public safety and social distancing.”

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