Barney’s Play, the soft play centre on the Bellbrook Estate, Uckfield, is back in action but operating at 40% of its usual capacity because of Covid-19 restrictions.
Louise Jago, who runs the centre with husband Asa, says they are really pleased to be open again and relieved that customers are reporting feeling safe and secure.
She added: “It’s lovely seeing all the little ones back, some have never been to soft play before, and it’s lovely to see our customers returning.
“We are so proud of our town and customers, and how they have handled the procedures we have put in place. I expected a little resistance as I know many other play centres have had some.
“But on the whole people have been really good at maintaining and following the Covid procedures, and they been polite.”
Louise says this is a tough time for play centres across the country, and many are closing each week.
Restrictions on numbers leave Barney’s struggling but they want to keep prices low for customers while overheads remain the same and they have to clear six months of debt that built up during closure.
The play centre has been redecorated and a new Farmington baby, toddler, and SEN area has been developed.
The role play village Barnington has had a facelift too with new props which are swapped out for each session.
And there are individual packs containing play food and teacups which will be issued just for your child. These are returned at the end of the session for cleaning and sanitising.
There is a single use policy for baby toys with a ‘clean’ bucket of toys available at the beginning of each session in the baby area with another bucket for them when they have been used.
Some items you might remember have been removed for ease of cleaning and sanitisation and a fogging machine is being used, secondary to cleaning, to kill any bugs that may have been missed.
Louise hopes all these precautions will continue to keep customers feeling safe and able to enjoy the fun surroundings.
You can book tickets for Barney’s https://barneysplay.juststeponline.com/personbooking via their website.
There are sessions each weekday morning, 9.30am-12.30pm, and afternoon, 2-5pm.
At the weekend there are sessions from 10am-1pm and 2.30-5.30pm.