City briefing

We will update this page with our City Briefing each time a new issue is published. This is to keep everyone updated on the action we're taking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. You can read previous city briefings on our archive page.

4:20 - Friday 31 July 2020

Digital Pride 2020 and a busy weekend

We’ve had reports of high numbers of people arriving in the city today, ahead of a busy weekend expected.

Sussex Resilience Planning partners met today to finalise preparations for the weekend. All local partners are working together to implement prearranged multi-agency plans designed to respond to crowds and keep people safe.

There are no official Pride events taking place in Brighton & Hove this weekend and we’re discouraging people from visiting the city. We will be monitoring the seafront and parks for illegal gatherings and encampments. Any dangerous or antisocial behaviour should be reported to the police.

Large, unplanned and unauthorised gatherings are banned during the pandemic. To prevent the spread of the virus, people are being urged to avoid mingling in groups from many different households. 

Transport services to and from the city are limited, with trains running only a quarter of their usual services due to the impact of Covid-19.

This year’s ‘stay at home’ Pride is very different from the usual event and aims to keep the spirit of Pride thriving while keeping everyone safe inside. 

Instead of gathering in the city, Pride followers are being called to join in the celebrations at home by tuning into online events broadcast from a purpose-built studio in the heart of Brighton & Hove.

Read more about celebrating Pride online in our newsroom.

Jubilee and Hove libraries reopening with reduced services

Our two central libraries will be reopening in early August.

Jubilee Library will open from Monday 10 August, with Hove Library following on Wednesday 12 August. Both will be offering reduced services with changed opening hours to make sure we can comply with physical distancing and keep people safe.

We’ll be reopening ‘Libraries Extra’ services in Coldean, Hangleton, Moulsecoomb, Portslade, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Westdene, Whitehawk and Woodingdean from Monday 24 August. Unfortunately, we’re not yet able to reopen the other community libraries or staffed services – this is being kept under review.

As part of the reopening plans, we’re introducing a new Order & Collect’ service. This allows members to order books from a selection online which can then be collected from Jubilee and Hove libraries within the following two weeks.

Read more in our newsroom.

Last chance to apply for a small business grant

Small business grants of £10,000 and £25,000 are still available. If small businesses think they may be eligible for one of these grants, they should contact the council before 28 August. 

There are two types of grant still available to apply for: