Tuesday 17 March

As we know, in the past 24 hours, the Government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak has been upgraded. Our Members set us up as a Community Benefit Society, and we have the support of many Tewin residents. In the current circumstances our aim is to continue to support the community, especially the more vulnerable residents; those over 70 years old and those with underlying health problems.

We are currently contacting our suppliers to understand their supply contingency plans as well as creating our own plan. Our ambition is to maintain supply of everyday essential items throughout this period and we expect that many residents will be self-isolating. For this reason we are planning to set up a home delivery service for vulnerable and self-isolating residents, providing the basics such as bread, eggs, and milk from local suppliers. (We will also attempt to continue to deliver newspapers if at all possible) We have had many kind offers to provide deliveries and we are confident we can create a network of residents who are willing to make these deliveries.

We plan to keep the shop open, but as we rely on volunteers (many of whom are over 70) we may need to amend the opening hours. If this becomes necessary we will prioritise morning opening and open 8am -12pm every day. If you are able to offer any assistance in the shop, please let us know.

Finally, and most importantly we must play our part in limiting the spread of infection as much as possible, and we have therefore decided to close the café with immediate effect, and ask our customers to start social distancing.