Coronavirus: The latest developments in Sussex (Thursday, 2 April)

All the latest developments in response to the coronavirus outbreak in Sussex over the last 24 hours.

As of Thursday (April, 2) at 7am the following figures are the known number of Covid-19 cases in each district:

Brighton and Hove: 49

East Sussex: 84

West Sussex: 160

Cancelled events

Eastbourne International tennis tournament in June was cancelled after The Lawn Tennis Association announced they will not hold grass events this year.

Hailsham Town Council cancelled their Summer French Market, and V-E day celebrations
were formally moved to ‘V-J day’ in August.


An organisation in Brighton and Hove which helps older people with things like loneliness, community activities, and other advice, asked for all parents to send them their children’s art.

Ageing Well will put together activity packs for those who are at home during the coronavirus pandemic, and they will include pictures of things like drawings and poems.


Gatwick airport officially closed it’s North terminal yesterday (April, 1), all flights will now arrive and depart from the South terminal.

Small business grants

Coast to Capital set up a Backing Business Grants Fund of £2 million to
help small businesses and social enterprises in the region.

Businesses with a workforce of between five and 50 who have been
trading for more than two years, and a turnover of under £10 million, may
be eligible for a grant of between £5,000 to £25,000.

Virtual visitor

Brighton and Hove City Council said many of the city’s cultural venues are creating events and activities to take part in online.

While visitors cannot physically visit Brighton’s sites, the following places are available ‘virtually’:

  • A virtual tour of the Royal Pavilion  Brighton & Hove Museum collections
  • 360 degree walkthrough of the Booth Museum gallery
  • A virtual tour of the Royal Pavilion
  • Borrow books from the library with the Borrow Box app
  • A virtual tour of Brighton Fishing Museum
  • Live comedy routines from KomediaPeople at home can even see Brighton’s sunrise and sunset from a seafront webcam.

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