Pier closed in line with Government instructions

by Nigel Brown Mar 23 2020 0     1,432
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March 23, 2020


Bosses at Clacton Pier have closed the landmark attraction in line with Government instructions.

The decision was taken following the Prime Minister’s press conference on Friday (20/3/20) and all public areas were shut by 8pm.

The Pier will remain closed until such times that the Government announces that leisure premises can reopen.

Director Billy Ball said that directors and managers kept a very close eye on the advice given out by Boris Johnson and talked to colleagues in the industry.

“Clacton Pier is totally committed to supporting the effort to reduce the impact of Coronavirus and as a result we took immediate action to close to the public until further notice,” he said.

“This action was taken in line with the instructions of the Prime Minister on Friday. We thank all our customers for their fantastic support and look forward to seeing them again as soon as possible.”

Mr Ball added that it will be necessary to have a very small number of staff on the Pier during the period of closure.

“We will be working hard to ensure our important heritage landmark is properly looked after and safeguarded.

“These will be a minimum number of security, maintenance and admin staff – who will be keeping a safe distance away from each other while carrying out their duties - while some others will be working from home.

“This is a very difficult and concerning time for all of us but together we can and will get through this. Our message to everyone is to stay safe.”

Mr Ball welcomed the moves the Government has taken to pay employees 80 per cent of their wages which he said will be a huge help to them and the business.

“Other measures – such as business loans – are also really important to keep firms going throughout this period,” he added.

“It will enable us to be in a better position to pick up the reins and reopen once we reach that stage.”


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