This week we filmed three interviews for the COVID Brighton project. On Tuesday we spoke to the manager of a burial ground who told us how the bereaved reacted when visits were severely restricted. On wednesday we heard how bicycle sales rocketed just as supplies from the Far East dried up and on Thursday a Brighton business man told us how the hospitality industry has been hammered by the dearth of tourists. The effects of COVID on the businesses of Brighton has been mixed, many have suffered but some found opportunities. The effect on individuals is not so clear though we are startinjg to hear about problems with mental health. Broadly three main themes are emerging from the COVID interviews: the death of the high street, digital tech and mental health. We’ll be following these up in future interviews.
We’re still trying to speak to representatives of the more senior members of our community such as care homes and we would really like to speak to new mothers or maternity workers. If you have a story to tell then please get in touch.