Businesses celebrate reopening across Lewes, Seaford and Polegate – pictures
After a bitterly cold start to the day, the sun is finally shining and businesses across Lewes, Seaford and Polegate are welcoming back customers for the first time in months.
As of today (April 12), non-essential shops, hairdressers and salons can reopen – while pubs, cafes and restaurants can serve residents outside.
KR Jason, manager of The Old Boot Inn in South Street Seaford, said the snowy weather had not deterred the pub’s loyal customers ‘who have wrapped up warm to enjoy their first pint with company’.
“It’s a tremendous relief to be open with a full terrace and we just hope that trade can be allowed to improve throughout the summer,” he said.
Paul Austen, who runs the Black Horse Inn in Western Road, Lewes alongside landlord Declan Rowell, said they had been looking forward to reopening today.
“The new laws regarding seating outside has only really affected our capacity of trading,” Mr Austen said.
“Other than that it’s business as usual.
“We are fully booked today, and are looking forward to seeing everyone again!”
He asked that customers make their bookings for the pub online.
Elsewhere in Lewes, Shape Hair and Beauty in Valence Road is back open and ready to get to work taming people’s lockdown locks.
Owner Jo Geering said: “We are so pleased to be open once again and to welcome back all our clients old and new.
“We have missed everyone and looking forward to making everyone feel ready to face to world again.”
She said the salon would be working extra hard to accommodate everyone for their one-on-one appointments.
Staff are taking weekly rapid flow tests as a further measure to keep customers safe.
Meanwhile Just Beautiful and Tanning Studio of R&L Tanning in Polegate high street were among the beauty salons to welcome back customers today.
Owner Tanya said they were ‘very pleased’ to be opening again.
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