Brighton Palace Pier is set for a July re-opening, according to chief executive Anne Ackord, who stated one of the most difficult aspects of the lockdown has been “trying to make plans without knowing the parameters”.
She said it was not possible to set a fixed date but saw no reason why the pier would not be able to open as part the third phase, which will see other attractions and entertainment businesses return. The pier has been setting up hygiene stations, securing personal protective equipment for staff and arranging cleaning in preparation to reopen.
“I’m confident we can make it safe,” Ackord said.
In its recovery plan, the government says phase three will be put in place no earlier than July 4, but the outline comes with a big caveat: venues which are crowded by nature and where it could prove difficult to socially distance may not be able to re-open safely at this point. Advice from the government says such venues may be able to partially open, but that they must satisfy safety guidelines to re-open fully. Ackord acknowledged that the infection rate of the virus will need to be down to the levels needed before the pier’s rides and arcades could re-open.