Public services urge Adur and Worthing residents to ‘stay safe’ as pubs and restaurants reopen

Released: Thursday, 02 July 2020

Leaders across Adur and Worthing have come together to urge people to stay alert to COVID-19 as pubs, restaurants and many other leisure facilities reopen this weekend.

Ahead of the government easing restrictions on Saturday (July 4), public services across Sussex are preparing for the potential impact of the changes that will see people able to drink and socialise in ‘COVID-secure’ licensed premises for the first time in months.

Local authorities, emergency services and health bodies are preparing for a surge in demand with the prospect of warm weather and the relaxation of the social distancing measures encouraging more visitors to enjoy the coast and night-time economy.

In Adur and Worthing this means pubs and restaurants reopening, open-air markets returning and the Worthing Observation Wheel set to start turning again on the seafront. All will have restrictions designed to keep people safe.

While this will no doubt boost the local economy, the message from leaders is clear: enjoy yourself but stay safe and respect our local communities.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller, Chair of Sussex Resilience Forum, said:

“Our businesses and communities are understandably welcoming the further easing of restrictions planned. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the additional freedom this will bring but our plea is to do this safely and to avoid placing additional strain on emergency services and the health service that have all worked so hard to prevent the public during this pandemic.

“For many, the experience of visiting a pub or restaurant will be very different, as social distancing restrictions will remain in place, and large gatherings continue to be prohibited. This means that pubs and restaurants will have a number of measures in place, with limits on the number of customers they can welcome into their premises.

“It’s crucial people plan ahead, contact the venue they are visiting or check their website to find out how to do this in a safe way.

“Police and local authorities are working closely together to support the further re-opening of the local economy with a view to maximising public safety and to preventing and tackling antisocial or criminal behaviour and the impact of this on our local communities.”

Those who do decide to visit pubs and restaurants, are encouraged to take the following steps to ensure their trip is as safe as possible:

  • Follow social distancing guidance at all times
  • Plan ahead – many pubs and restaurants will be working to a strict ‘bookings only’ policy to limit numbers
  • Avoid large gatherings and do not congregate outside licensed premises

Adur & Worthing Councils has also introduced a range of emergency measures in the town centres, which are designed to keep people safe while supporting the local economy.

This includes working with West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and other partners to encourage businesses to make use of the open spaces in our town centre. This will make social distancing easier and minimise the risks to employees and customers while supporting our local economy.

A range of support and advice for businesses and organisations who are looking to reopen has been made available online which includes information on alcohol licensing, outdoor trading and permissions for business to place tables and chairs on pavements outside their premises.

Cllr Brian Boggis, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“We know that reopening our communities after three months of lockdown will not be easy. We have worked extremely hard with West Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, and local businesses to ready our town centres for visitors to return. These measures will be kept under regular review to ensure they remain safe places for people to visit.”

Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“While we understand that some people will want to get out and enjoy the excellent hospitality and leisure offer in Worthing, we ask that people support their local businesses in a responsible way.

“We will also continue to provide business owners and organisations with help and support so that they have every possible opportunity to start trading again while ensuring the safety of employees and visitors.”

Any business or organisation wanting support or advice on reopening should visit:

PR20-071 - Worthing


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