Stewards restrict access at Brighton beach on bank holiday weekend

From today (Friday, 22), stewards will be stationed at every entry and exit point to restrict the number of people accessing Brighton beach over the bank holiday weekend.

Brighton and Hove City Council said the central beach area from East Street to West Street will be monitered over the three days for public safety.

The stewards will be there from 12 noon to 9pm each day up to and including bank holiday Monday to encourage physical distancing, and direct people to less busy parts of the seafront if the area becomes too busy.

The authority also reminded that there are fewer toilets available as government guidelines only permit businesses to operate on a takeaway basis, and this does not include accessing seating or toilet facilities.

Public toilets will be open where possible but capacity is limited and they are likely to become over-used and over-run if people continue to flock to the beaches.

In addition to this, officials warned that the lifeguard service is not currently in operation.

They would normally patrol the city’s beaches from the end of May until the end of the school holidays in September, but the Covid-19 pandemic and physical distancing restrictions interrupted the recruitment drive, according to the authority.

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