More Uckfield organisations are announcing plans to come out of lockdown while restaurants, pubs and hairdressers are among those looking forward to doing the same.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday gave the go ahead for the latest groups of businesses to reopen from July 4, while also halving to one metre the social distancing requirement.
But for other businesses, such as dance schools, gyms and beauty salons, the future remains uncertain.
Uckfield Volunteer Centre
Uckfield Volunteer Centre is due to reopen on Monday, July 6, initially for two days a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm.
Covid-19 safety restrictions will be fully adhered to and any member of the public wanting to do photocopying or collect hearing aid batteries will be welcome.
Centre manager and trustee Ann Montier says as soon as possible the centre will return to opening more frequently, but at least that is a start.
She says the centre has been kept exceptionally busy during the crisis.
It is a referral point for Wealden Community Hub and has helped many local vulnerable people with their shopping, and collecting prescriptions.
Requests have also been received from as far as the USA for information about relatives living in Uckfield. Volunteers have been able to check in and reassure all is well.
In addition the centre has placed members of the public with organisations needing volunteers.
Ann said its newsletters increased to weekly during the crisis and have proved popular giving much-needed information about organisations, where to find help, matters of interest, and items to pass the time.
Anyone wanting to receive the newsletter can sign up via the centre’s website at www.uckfieldvolunteer.org.uk.
The Beauty Spot
The Beauty Spot salon, in New Town, has been refurbished during lockdown to take account of new restrictions, and owner Maria Mann and her team have completed Covid-19 safety training but they have no reopening date.
Maria says on Facebook: “After the Prime Ministers announcement today and this evening, we are still unsure of what’s happening.
“I have been in contact today with the local council and I am waiting on confirmation to what treatments we may be able to carry out that other places are already offering.
“I will keep you informed. I know some of you have appointments booked in, so we will let you know ASAP what will happen. Your appointment is safe, it may just have to be moved a week or two later. We will keep you updated.”
Sky High Club
The Sky High Club at Fun Abounds on the Bellbrook Estate is also disappointed that it can’t reopen on July 6 as it had hoped would be possible.
The club is hoping instead that it might be able to open in mid-July and while closed it is continuing Zoom classes.
It said on Facebook: “We are working hard to get the centre ready for your return and we are looking forward to showing you some of the improvements we have made.”
RB Arts Academy
RB Arts Academy, also on the Bellbrook Estate, had already made the decision, in advance of yesterday’s announcements, to remain closed.
Company director Bexx Boutle says online lessons will continue until July 18 when they will stop for the summer holidays.
She adds: “Thank you for all your support during these tough times and hope some more news for us is announced soon.”