Sussex students are heading to the beach to escape the coronavirus anxiety

Sun, sea and COVID-19

Sussex students have been heading to Brighton Beach in large numbers in a bid to escape the anxiety that the coronavirus pandemic is causing.

Government advice yesterday warned against any unessential social contact. It has also been announced that anyone living with a person showing symptoms of the virus should self isolate for two weeks. The University of Sussex announced yesterday that all face-to-face teaching was to be cancelled along with all on campus assessments.

Not even a pandemic could stop these beach-goers missing Brighton’s famous sunset

Yesterday, Brighton Beach however remained busy with Sussex Students catching the sunset one last time before government restrictions on movement become stricter.

One Sussex student told the Sussex Tab: “I went to the beach yesterday and it was so special. The sun was shining, the sea was calm, the birds were soaring, in a world full of chaos that moment of peace was invaluable”

Another student told the Sussex Tab: “We thought it was the best place to meet for one last drink before everything gets shut down. It’s an open space and we didn’t come into contact with any of the other visitors.

“It was the best way to end our final year at University given the circumstances.”

Not all students had a positive experience with one student telling us: “I did have some chips on the pier to lighten the mood, they were shockingly bad. £3.45 I’ll never get back.”

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