EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says there was ‘no alternative’ to Tier 2 in Eastbourne.

She said: “I voted in support of the government’s tier approach to Covid restrictions this week and now Eastbourne and Willingdon are in Tier 2.

“Sadly, infection rates in East Sussex have shot up.

The county moved from 146th to 118th highest case rate in only one week and I believe there is no alternative if lives are to be saved and the NHS not overwhelmed.”

She added: “The good news is shops, hairdressers and gyms can reopen and the economy can get moving again in the run up to Christmas. The bad news is our hospitality industry will continue to struggle under these restrictions and I remain very concerned about this. I continue to lobby the government for more help for this sector. 

One of the most powerful things we can all do to help is to keep to the regulations so we can emerge to Tier 1 as soon as possible. As I write, the first review is just thirteen days away. “