Hastings businesses prepare to reopen as residents encouraged to shop local
The people of Hastings have been encouraged to support their local businesses as much of the retail and hospitality sector reopens next week.
On Monday, England will move into the second stage of the roadmap out of lockdown which will see non-essential shops, hairdressers, salons, libraries, outdoor attractions, and indoor leisure facilities reopen. Hospitality venues will also be allowed to serve people outdoors.
John Bownas, the manager of Love Hastings said: “Although a full return to the ‘old normal’ still seems a long way off, the return to the high street will at least allow our local businesses the chance to start getting back in their feet.
“Let’s all support them in the best way possible by giving them as much custom as we all can. If you can buy it in a local shop rather than online from a distant warehouse you are helping rebuild the Hastings economy.”
Kevin Boorman, marketing manager at Hastings Borough Council, added: “It will be great to have non-essential shops reopening in Hastings, also outdoor visitor attractions and self-catering accommodation, so that the many local people employed in local retail and hospitality can start working again.
“The council has worked hard to provide grants to affected businesses, and offer support where it can, but we know that a lot of people have been looking forward to this step of the lockdown easing.
“We would remind everyone to continue to stick to the guidelines, observe social distancing, and the rule of six/two households meeting outside.
“We have done incredibly well to keep Covid rates low recently, and we want to keep them that way. By being sensible now we can look forward to further lockdown easing over the weeks and months to come.”
Hastings and Rother’s infection rates for the seven days to April 2 were some of the lowest in the country – 7.6 and 8.3 cases per 100,000 people respectively.