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    Video caption: Coronavirus lockdown in Wales: What are the new rules?

    You can now meet up outside with people from another local household, but must keep your distance.

  2. Goodbye from the Coronavirus: South East live team

    Thanks for joining us again for another week of coverage focusing on coronavirus developments across the South East.

    We'll be back on Monday from 0900 BST.

    If you think there’s a story we should be covering, you can email or contact us on on Facebook or Twitter.

  3. 'Hastings remains closed to tourists'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Hastings beach

    Hastings remains closed to tourists, according to the town's borough council.

    Residents of the East Sussex resort are being urged to stay home as much as possible, despite the government easing lockdown.

    To back this message up the council’s public toilets and other amenities like tennis courts remain closed.  

    Hastings Borough Council leader Kim Forward said her priority was keeping residents safe.

  4. 'Drivers accept fines as part of day at the coast'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A local authority is increasing parking patrols in a Sussex coastal area, believing some drivers are accepting fines as part of the price of a day out.

    Chichester District Council says since 22 May its officers have already issued more than 180 penalty charge notices around the Witterings and Manhood Peninsula.

    The privately-run West Wittering Estate car park is still open, but with reduced capacity to enforce social distancing, so spots must be pre-booked.

    The authority says drivers turning up without a reserved space are using residential roads, often parking on yellow lines, or blocking pavements and verges.

    Quote Message: This is dangerous and inconsiderate to emergency vehicles and pedestrians, especially those who have disabilities, or those with young children and prams who are then forced out into the road. Unfortunately we have had instances of drivers willing to accept a fine so they can enjoy a day out at the beach". from Martyn Bell Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, Chichester District Council
    Martyn BellCabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, Chichester District Council
  5. Wildlife park makes preparations to reopen

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    One of the South East's wildlife attractions says it’s ready to reopen on 5 June, if the government gives the go-ahead.

    Wildwood, which is based between Canterbury and Herne Bay, says visits will have to be booked in advance to limit the number of visitors who will have to follow social distancing guidelines.

    Wildwood owls
    Image caption: Wildwood specialises in native British species

    Opening times will be extended until 21:00 BST on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

    The park will also operate a one-way system and have a new exit.

    Baby dormouse at Wildwood
    Image caption: The park's dormouse breeding programme has been a great success

    If the opening of attractions is approved, 5 June will be for members only, with the public able to book slots from the following day.

    Brown bear at Wildwood
    Image caption: The park is also home to a pair of bears rescued from captivity in Eastern Europe
  6. Lifeguard cover set to resume in resort

    Lifeguard services are to restart in Eastbourne tomorrow, it has been announced.

    Eastbourne beach

    Officials at Eastbourne Borough Council said the decision was made following a rise in the number of people flocking to its coastline due to the recent spell of warm weather.

    Councillor Margaret Bannister, of Eastbourne Borough Council, said: “With this great weather forecast to continue, ensuring the safety of swimmers is paramount and being able to bring our fantastic team of lifeguards back on duty means the residents of Eastbourne can rest assured that they are being taken care of.

    “Whilst the lifeguard service is resuming, we would like to encourage the public to remain vigilant of the tides and conditions whenever they are entering or swimming in the sea.”

  7. 👏 Clap for carers oboe singalong not stopping 👏

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News

    Chris Bowman, from East Sussex used to be a professional oboe player.

    "That came to a halt in 1980 after tragically losing my Mum, aged just 53," she said. "Last year, my lovely husband insisted that he wanted to buy me another oboe for my birthday, and I have been practising ever since.

    Now each Thursday, we choose two or three songs that our neighbours can sing along with, or even dance to, and our audience has been slowly growing."

    Christine Bowman with her oboe

    For last night's clap for carers, neighbours from the 10 houses in the close sang along to All You Need is Love and The Bare Necessities Of Life.

    Mrs Bowman said: "Unanimously, we intend to continue these evenings but perhaps with not so much clapping going on."

  8. Hastings hopes for cycling cash

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Tourism bosses in Hastings are drawing up plans which they hope will bring more government cash into the town.

    Hastings beach

    The transport secretary recently announced local authorities would receive a total of £250m to encourage cycling and walking as the lockdown is eased.

    Hastings Borough Council said it was already working on a series of new cycle routes, and has presented its ideas to East Sussex District Council, in the hope that some of the new money can be used.

    Hastings from above
    Quote Message: Walking, cycling, electrification of transport, opportunities for car-sharing and improvements to public transport are all essential in helping to drive down greenhouse gas emissions and helping us tackle the impacts of climate change in our area”. from Colin Fitzgerald Deputy leader, Hastings Borough Council
    Colin FitzgeraldDeputy leader, Hastings Borough Council
  9. Outdoor pool to remain closed for the summer

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The Strand swimming pool

    One of only a handful of outdoor swimming pools in the South East will remain closed for the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Medway Council has decided not to open the leisure pool or paddling pool at the Strand in Gillingham.

    The council says it would be difficult to put social distancing measures in place to help keep residents safe and stop the virus from spreading.

    Currently all of Medway’s sports centres are closed in line with government advice.

    The council says it will continue to follow government advice on the reopening of sports centres when it is safe to do so.

  10. Seaside town's popular seafront gardens hit by Covid-19 crisis

    An East Sussex resort's seafront gardens have been hit by the Covid-19 crisis as suppliers are unable to provide plants for floral displays this summer.

    Carpet Gardens
    Image caption: Some 45,000 bedding plants are used every summer in the Carpet Gardens

    The Carpet Gardens are the centrepiece of the town's seafront, with Eastbourne Borough Council using about 45,000 bedding plants every summer to create geometric patterns.

    But due to the pandemic, suppliers have not been able to grow the plants as their work was considered non-essential under government guidance, and many staff were sent home.

    Councillor Jonathan Dow, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Cabinet member for climate change, said: "These award-winning flower displays are a great source of pride for our town and year-upon-year people come to see the vibrant creations here.

    "Whilst it is disappointing not to have our trademark Carpet Gardens to grace the seafront this summer, we will be using this opportunity to control a weed called Oxalis which has been prevalent in the beds for the last few years."

    The weed will be allowed to grow for a time so that it can be then be dug out with the aim of permanently eliminating it.

    Councillor Dow added: "We very much look forward to the return of our stunning Carpet Gardens displays next year for residents and visitors alike to enjoy."

  11. Molly's 25k marathon

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A six-year-old has completed a 5k run every day for five days to raise money for the NHS.

    Molly Clark, from Ash in Surrey, aimed to raise £2,000 but has smashed that target, hitting over £3,000.

    Molly Clark running a 5k
    Image caption: Molly ran a 5k every day for a week

    Molly’s mother Jo says her first idea was even more ambitious.

    Quote Message: Originally she wanted to set up a crazy golf course in the kitchen for people to pay to play, but I explained that social distancing measures probably wouldn’t work". from Jo Clark Molly's mum
    Jo ClarkMolly's mum

    Instead she was inspired by one of her uncles who had run a marathon around his garden.

  12. Good morning from the Coronavirus: South East live team

    Good morning and welcome again to another day of coverage focusing on coronavirus developments across the South East.

    We'll be bringing you the latest news and updates until 17:00 BST.

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  13. Goodbye from the Coronavirus: South East live team

    Thanks for joining us again for another day of coverage focusing on coronavirus developments across the South East.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 0900 BST.

    If you think there’s a story we should be covering, you can email or contact us on on Facebook or Twitter.