Could Sussex be the next area to move into Tier 3 restrictions?

There are concerns that Sussex could be the next area of the UK to be moved into Tier three restrictions following an increase in cases of Covid-19.

It's not known why, but cases are rising in the county, and the increase is particularly baffling in one area of the county - Hastings. 

That's because the town and surrounding area, had very low rates of coronavirus all through the first lockdown and then the second. But, just as local people felt they must be doing something right, cases started going up and up.

Hastings has gone from having some of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in the country to some of the highest. The infection rate is now 396 per 100 thousand people.

Hastings has some of the highest rates of Covid-19 in the country

The town, along with other parts of Sussex, are now bracing themselves for potentially being plunged into tier 3 when the latest restrictions are announced tomorrow.

In one week the infection rates in Hastings rose from 182 to 452 per 100,000 people.

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Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in Hastings

The manager of Hastings Business Improvement District says a lot of hospitality businesses would welcome the order to close.

  • John Bownas, Manager of Hastings Business Improvement District

The Labour leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb, says the town will also suffer if it is put into Tier three.

Infection rates have more than doubled in both Crawley and Worthing since coming out of lockdown.

Covid infection rates in Crawley have more than doubled since coming out of lockdown

Tier three would mean pubs and restaurant could only operate takeaway services. Peter Lamb says Crawley has been one of the hardest hit financially.

  • Peter Lamb, Crawley Borough Council, Lab

The MP for Worthing, Tim Loughton has expressed his disappointment at being in placed in Tier 2. He said though everyone must remain vigilant, it would be unfair for the whole of Sussex to be placed into a higher tier such as London and parts of Essex.

  • Tim Loughton, Mp for East Worthing and Shoreham, Con

Watch Andy Dickenson's report on the latest figures for Sussex.

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