A SEAFRONT venue has announced it will be shutting its takeaway service "until further notice".

This comes after people raised concerns regarding crowds gathering and breaching Tier 4 Covid restrictions on the seafront near Rockwater Hove.

The site is a £3.7 million project by IW Capital boss Luke Davis, who lives nearby, to transform the Western Esplanade venue formerly known as The View.

The Argus:

In recent months it has seen the introduction of “Covid-safe” igloos for dining on the neighbouring grass, as well as beach huts selling takeaway food and beer.

But the business owners announced earlier this week that they would be selling the seafront igloos after new coronavirus regulations caused them to close.

And now it is also closing its takeaway service following social distancing concerns.

A statement issued by Rockwater Hove on social media reads: "In light of the significant rise im Covid-19 in Brighton and Hove, and the increased concern from the community about the crowds on the seafront, specifically around Rockwater, we will be shutting our takeaway from 8pm today until further notice.

The Argus:

"We look forward to seeing you in, what will hopefully be, the not-too-distant future."

The weekly coronavirus rate in Brighton and Hove rose sharply last month.

In the seven days leading up to December 1 there were 59.5 new cases reported per 100,000 people in the city.

In the most recent figures, for the week leading up to December 24, there were 317 new cases per 100,000 population.