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.

5:50pm - Friday 29 May

Statement on reopening schools

The chair of the children, young people and skills committee, Councillor John Allcock, has given an update regarding the reopening of schools in Brighton & Hove.

Acting on advice from our public health colleagues and concerns around safety, our current advice to schools and council nurseries is that they should not open more widely for pupils on 1 June.

The advice will be kept under constant review by the council as we are keen for schools to reopen to more children - but only when it is safe to do so.

Read the full statement in our newsroom.

Stewarding and seafront safety this weekend

We’re again asking people to limit travel to the city and the seafront this weekend to protect public safety.

While restrictions are starting to be eased, the need for physical distancing has not changed. 

Stewards will be in place between 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday to monitor the central beach area from East Street to West Street. The stewards will be monitoring access to the beach and will put in restrictions if the area becomes too busy. 

The usual lifeguard service is not operating at the moment. We’re urging anyone going into the sea to take extreme care, and not to take unnecessary risks that could put extra strain on emergency services.

Read more in the newsroom.

Discretionary fund for small businesses

The criteria and application process for the discretionary grants fund for small businesses was agreed by the Policy & Resources (Recovery) Sub-Committee today.

Brighton & Hove’s fund, anticipated to be around £3.7 million, will provide small grants for some of our independent businesses who have not been eligible for the government’s small business grants.

The criteria will be designed so that it captures small businesses who make a significant contribution to the city’s economy, including the visitor economy, retail, events, creative and digital, as well as charities and not-for-profit organisations. These reflect the core sectors identified in the Economic Strategy and our Corporate Plan priorities.

Further details about guidance and how to apply will be published next week.

Read more in the newsroom.