Council urges residents to follow the 'rule of 6'
Hastings Borough Council is urging residents of Hastings and St Leonards to follow the new social gathering rule which makes it illegal for more than 6 people to gather indoors or outdoors.
Cllr Kim Forward, leader of the council, said,
"We know that we have had a relatively low infection rate in our town and appreciate how much people have done to follow the current guidance. Our businesses have worked hard to make sure their premises are COVID-secure, and we have supported them.
"As cases are slowly rising across East Sussex, we ask people to continue to socially distance, wash their hands regularly and wear a face covering and follow the government's new 'rule of 6' law. This law means you cannot gather in our parks, beaches, open spaces or playgrounds in groups of more than six people and it applies to everyone, including children.
"There are some exemptions to this law, such as schools and workplaces, and you can find a full list of these on our website.
"Sussex Police will be enforcing these guidelines and have the power to fine people. If you are concerned about any breaches, the police ask that you report them on their website.
"We know that many people have been unable to book tests to check whether they have the virus which has been worrying and frustrating for them and means they must self-isolate in order to protect others.
"These are still very difficult times and we need to continue to commit together to following the guidance and the law to help keep ourselves and others safe."