Give space, keep safe

Although the government is gradually easing lockdown restrictions, the message around physical distancing remains clear.

If we’re to reduce the spread of COVID-19, people should remain 2 metres apart where possible.

Physical distancing is guidance and not regulation. The emphasis is on individuals to take personal responsibility for following government guidance and we do not have any powers to enforce it.

Face coverings

The government has made it mandatory to wear a face covering in all shops, supermarkets, on public transport and in NHS settings.

You are expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave.

Anyone failing to comply with this could face being fined up to £100 by the police.

Bus and train operators can refuse service or ask someone to wear a face covering. Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage customers to comply with the law and can refuse entry.

From 8 August you will need to wear a face covering in more places

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Businesses reopening

As well as shops and markets reopening, the government has announced that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open on 4 July in England.

As these businesses begin to reopen, we’re working to help keep people safe and able to maintain physical distancing.

The government has issued guidance on physical distancing and extra vigilance over personal hygiene. Our trading standards team has written to businesses to remind them of their duty to take proactive measures to protect public safety and to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

We have introduced a range of measures to support our city businesses to reopen safely, including widening pavements, closing roads and installing signage.

Find advice for businesses, including physical distancing stencils and posters to download.

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Since the government changed its guidance to allow people to travel as far as they like for leisure, we have experienced problems with overcrowding on the area of our beach closest to the city centre, between East Street and West Street.

To alleviate this we have at times employed stewards to manage crowds, asking people to move to less crowded areas and when necessary, we have restricted access to the beach.

Brighton & Hove has 12km of beach for us all to share. If you see the beach is crowded, please move along to a less busy area. 

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Our usual lifeguard service is not in operation at the moment. A limited service, adapted to take into account the COVID-19 restrictions, will begin on 13 June and run until 6 September.

If you’re going into the sea, please take extra care. The current is strong and the water is not as warm as it looks. 

People who behave irresponsibly on the beach put themselves and our Seafront Team at risk.

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Accommodation, attractions and activities

From 4 July, some hospitality businesses in England can reopen providing they follow safety guidelines.

Find advice for retail and hospitality businesses to reopen safely. 


Businesses reopening include:

  • hotels
  • B&Bs
  • guesthouses
  • self catering
  • campsites
  • caravan parks


Businesses opening include:

  • museums and galleries
  • cinemas
  • theatres and concert halls (but no live performances are allowed)
  • libraries
  • funfairs and amusement arcades


Businesses reopening include: 

  • children's playgrounds
  • outdoor gyms
  • outdoor skating rinks

Find more information about accommodation, attractions and activities in the city from VisitBrighton. 

Get Ready to Open

The VisitBritain website has practical guidance to help tourism businesses reopen.

The 'We're Good to Go' Industry Standard

You can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to government and public health guidance.

Businesses to remain closed

Some businesses are required to remain closed until further notice.

These include:

  • nightclubs
  • casinos
  • bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
  • indoor play areas, including soft-play
  • spas
  • nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
  • massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • swimming pools including water parks

Exhibition or conference centres must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for the business or organisation who run the venue.

Cafes, restaurants and shops that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside, will still be permitted to open.

The government continues to phase reopening and hopes to reopen other close-contact businesses as soon as possible.

All other businesses and venues can reopen from 4 July.

Read the full article about the types of businesses that can reopen.

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We are opening as many public toilets as we can and we are installing additional facilities where possible, like on the seafront, where we know there is already a high demand. But this costs a significant amount of money and we have limited resources.

When you travel into the city, please consider what facilities you need and check to see what is open and where.

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Travel and transport

We have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and how we travel into and around the city has an impact on the greenhouse gas emissions we need to reduce to achieve this target.

Brighton & Hove is a compact, walkable city and we have always encouraged visitors to leave their cars at home and travel to the city by train or public transport wherever possible and travel around the city by bus.

Face coverings are mandatory for passengers on public transport in England. Everyone who is able to should wear a face covering on their journey to help protect against transmission when physical distancing is not possible.

We acknowledge that because of coronavirus, travelling by public transport may not be a viable option for everyone at the moment. If you are travelling into the city by car, please consider where you will park beforehand so we may reduce congestion and avoid the build-up of queues. 

Like many cities across the country during lockdown, we closed some roads, extended cycle lanes and footways and put measures in place to make more space available for residents to exercise close to their homes.

Some of these measures are still in place and as a result some of our car parking in the central and seafront areas, including Madeira Drive, is not available.

Cycle hire

The city’s BTN BikeShare scheme remains in operation, with a team carrying out extra cleaning of bikes and hubs.

With more than 600 bikes available to hire, the scheme is one of the most popular methods for travelling around the city.

Tell us what you think

We are taking bold and swift action to support walking and cycling as much as possible during the pandemic and as restrictions on movement ease. 

On 14 May, councillors approved a transport action plan including changes that will support the city to recover in the short, medium and long-term.

We welcome feedback on these changes. If you want to share your views, please complete our online survey.

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