THERE is very little chance of Eastbourne going into tier 1 next Wednesday when the first review is taking place.

Overall, Sussex has fared better than most parts of England since the November lockdown.

But rates in Hastings and Rother are soaring, which will likely put any plans to move into Tier 1 restrictions on hold.

Darren Gale, director of public health in East Sussex, warned: “I’m worried… and you should be too.

“We’re seeing a worrying rise in COVID infections in parts of East Sussex.

“We must act now to change this trend, or our lives will get much more difficult.

“The number of people with new cases of COVID has doubled in the Hastings area in recent days and is climbing sharply in Rother.

“We aren’t seeing the same rises in other parts of the county yet, but that could change quickly.”

East Sussex County Council has released the following guidelines in order to halt the dramatic increase in these areas:

  • Don’t meet anyone indoors unless they’re part of your household (or a support bubble).
  • Reduce social contact where you can. The fewer people we see, the less the virus spreads.
  • If you must go out, avoid crowded places. For instance, pick less busy times if you need to go shopping.
  • If you get COVID-like symptoms, even a mild cough, self-isolate and book a test – they’re easy to arrange at a site near you.
  • Think carefully about your Christmas socialising. Up to three households will be able to meet in a ‘bubble’ from 23-27 December. But could you manage with less contact just for this year?