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Funding available for closed businesses through HBC

Financial support for local businesses obliged to close during the current national lockdown is available through Hastings Borough Council, which has also received funding enabling it to deploy dedicated staff to advise businesses on compliance with Covid-19 provisions. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Russell Jacobs.

Posted 17:59 Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: business grants HBC Kim Forward Nick Terdre Peter Chowney Russell Jacobs self-employed

Sussex Wildlife Trust response to Coronavirus

As the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve recently held its first guided walk in several months, the Sussex Wildlife Trust recently announced that they have achieved the official UK Tourism ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry and consumer mark as they slowly begin to re-open their facilities and limited events to the public. The trust recently released the following announcement.

Posted 13:29 Thursday, Sep 17, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: coronavirus covid-19 Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Sussex Wildlife Trust

Coronavirus statistical update: cases on the rise locally and nationally

Covid-19 is on the increase, in Hastings, elsewhere in East Sussex and nationally. At a time when the testing regime is crucially needed to track and contain the spread of the disease, limitations are appearing. Text by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall.

Posted 18:24 Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: coronavirus Nick Terdre Russell Hall

Hastings bar reopens after Covid closure

One of the three Hastings bars forced to shut after a customer contracted Covid-19 reopened this week. With new cases being regularly confirmed in the town, the council has urged citizens to follow official guidance. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Russell Jacobs.

Posted 08:13 Sunday, Sep 13, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: Bat and Bee Dragon bar Kim Forward Nick Terdre Robbie Smith Russell Jacobs

Coronavirus statistical update: jump in Hastings cases

Coronavirus infections took a turn for the worse in Hastings last week, with several new cases reported, while the number of new cases in the rest of the county remains subdued. In England as a whole the infection rate appears to have stabilised at a low level. Text by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall.

Posted 10:58 Monday, Aug 31, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: coronavirus Nick Terdre Russell Hall

Coronavirus statistical update: test and trace finally goes local

The government has finally accepted that if test and trace is to work properly, local expertise and resources need to be incorporated alongside the centralised system, though there is as yet no indication that local authorities will be given extra funding to do local contact tracing. Separately the Department of Health and Social Care is said to be planning a merger of NHS Test and Trace with the pandemic response work of Public Health England. Research and graphics by Russell Hall, text by Nick Terdre.

Posted 10:14 Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: coronavirus Dido Harding Nick Terdre Richard Parker-Harding Russell Hall

Knotty problem of a mobile testing site for Hastings

While Hastings Borough Council and its partners review options for an alternative site for the mobile testing unit, the original choice of the Stade open space appears to run counter to one of the key criteria. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:01 Wednesday, Aug 5, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: ESCC HBC Kevin Boorman mobile testing unit Nick Terdre Stephen Kellher Waltham Forest

Coronavirus statistical update: localised test and trace still proving problematic

Despite the deficiencies in data provision shown up by the Leicester outbreak, and government promises to remedy the situation, reports are still indicating that the NHS Test & Trace system is not working as well as it needs to on the ground. Research and graphics by Russell Hall, text by Nick Terdre.

Posted 13:16 Friday, Jul 24, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: coronavirus Matt Hancock Nick Terdre Russell Hall test-and-trace
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