OUR business chiefs are warning of ‘new restrictions in the New Year.’

Eastbourne and District Chamber of Commerce Ltd has reacted to the weekend Tier 4 news.

We are in Tier 2 but Hastings and Rother are in Tier 4.

The Chamber says: “Make no mistake about it, the infection rate is rising fast across the south east and you should prepare yourself for new restrictions in the New Year.

“There is a new strain of the virus that is spreading fast and so we recommend that you rethink your Christmas plans.

“After months of lockdowns and restrictions, why risk the health of vulnerable members of your family?

“As a Chamber we have lobbied hard to keep non-essential independent shops open during lockdown as these tend to protect their customers rigorously.

“Please support your local high street and shop local! However, make sure you protect yourself whenever you are out. This new strain of the virus is spreading fast so please take care.

“We have already lost one valued member to this virus after a hard fight. He was fit, relatively young and healthy, yet he succumbed. Please protect yourselves.

We may be tired of the virus but the virus is not tired of us!”