Worthing Pier, winner of the 2019 Pier of the Year Award, has reopened with a new one-way system in place to assist with the policing and implementation of the government’s social distancing protocols which currently stand at 2 metres.
The Art Deco structure closed in March with Worthing Borough Council raising concerns that the narrow walkways would not allow visitors to comply with new regulations. However, a subsequent statement from Adur and Worthing Councils confirmed: “With the government relaxing some Covid-19 restrictions, Worthing Borough Council has reopened the seafront landmark. Visitors to Worthing Pier are being asked to follow a new one-way system to ensure social distancing is maintained.”
Twelve miles down the coast at Brighton, Anne Ackord, chief executive of The Brighton Pier Group, said the Palace Pier was undergoing alterations to comply with regulations. She explained: “We are currently adapting the pier to allow social distancing and additional hygiene practices and we are confident we can provide a safe environment whatever the restrictions. We are still, however, in the position of not knowing when we can open as the need to satisfy the vital tests to move from stage one of a phased opening of the economy to stage three, as outlined by Boris Johnson, means that any anticipated opening date is so dependent upon these criteria being met that it cannot be taken even as a rough guide.”
“We hope that day is not too far away and that, crucially, when we and all the other hospitality and tourism businesses in Brighton re-open, we continue to receive such support from local and national government to enable us to continue to provide employment for our teams and enjoyment for our customers, while we begin to recover.
“Brighton and Hove is such a wonderful, quirky, vibrant city and I for one cannot wait to see it back together again.”