Latest news about how the Coronavirus is affecting Uckfield people, its businesses and organisations. Updates will be added during the course of the day.
Updated at 9.30am: Green DIY is open today from 9am to 6pm. The store is only accepting card payments, and allowing a maximum of three customers in the store at a time. It is observing the social distancing guidelines.
Sussex Police will engage with people if they are seen to be posing a danger to each other, according to Chief Constable Giles York.
He said they would explain why it’s important to behave differently. “Only if absolutely necessary will we enforce the law to ensure that you disperse. Please support everything the public services are doing at the moment.”
The chief constable said the police priority was to make sure the most vulnerable in our communities are kept safe and supported.
He warned about an increase in fraudsters and scammers and asked for any suspicious activity to be reported on 101, or online, and 999 in an emergency.
He said: “We urge you not to call 101 with general coronavirus enquiries, but visit the Government website for information. Please keep our 101 and 999 lines free for people with genuine policing needs.
“Follow Government advice to stay at home and help the national effort.”
Daily Mail report
The Daily Mail has reported on COVID-19 spreading through a Maresfield family after Daniel Bland returned from a ski trip to Austria. Read the report here.
Another Maresfield couple have been struggling with the disease since returning from a holiday in Thailand. Gail Fay has been sharing her story to raise awareness about the effects of the virus. See: Maresfield woman updates her coronavirus story.
Food outreach service
More than 40 boxes of basic food supplies have been distributed to the elderly, over 70s and NHS workers in Uckfield by volunteers since an outreach service was launched a week ago.
Read more about the scheme and how you can receive help here: Uckfield Coronavirus – Contact details for over 70s and vulnerable food boxes.
Rix and Kay solicitors
Rix and Kay solicitors have noticed a “significant increase” in the number of clients making enquiries about Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
And the firm has implemented plans that ensure the wider effects of COVID-19 do not impact on its ability to provide services to clients.
Rix and Kay says its private client team can work with you to ensure that any updates to existing Wills or the preparation of new Wills/Lasting Powers of Attorney is done in a way in which you feel comfortable given the current situation.
Meetings with clients can be held ‘virtually’ via an easy to use video-calling facility.
Partner Bruce Clarke says: “Our state-of-the-art facility works by simply sending an email containing a link which can be used with any device with a camera such as a smart-phone, tablet or laptop, meaning you can talk to us face-to-face, from the comfort of your own home.
“If you would like to have an informal chat about your current circumstances and how we might be able to help, or if you would like to update your Will or prepare a new Will and/or Lasting Powers of Attorney, then please get in touch. You can email me directly at email@example.com or contact your usual Rix & Kay lawyer who would be happy to help.”
While PipeDreams has closed its Uckfield High Street shop owners Julie and David Hobbs are working on their website and offering free delivery on orders.
They say: “Bear with us while we add lots of goodies to the website but for starters there are loads of Flip Flops to choose from.”
If you’d like to place an order please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details, including your phone number and they will call you to take payment and delivery details.
David and Julie say: “Thank you for your continued support. Take good care everyone.”
Nose2Tail family butchers
Nose2Tail family butchers at Piltdown are looking forward to taking more orders tomorrow (Friday) but for the moment are catching up with those already received. Luke Watson and Danny Martin say: “We will do our very best to help anyone in these hard times, but please be patient. Thanks.”