UPDATE 23rd March
Just a week on from our original decision (see below) and the situation has now escalated to the extent that it is no longer viable, nor morally acceptable, to remain open. We have regrettably taken the decision that from tomorrow, 24th March, the shop will remain closed until further notice.
We feel sure that it will only be a matter of days until the Government would have made the decision for us. In the meantime please stay safe and we will be back as soon as allowed and/or feel it safe to do so.
Please keep checking here or on our FaceBook Page for further updates.
Posted 17th March
Clearly this is an ongoing situation that is developing daily, creating a lot of uncertainty. Our current position is as follows.
We are open as usual.
Until instructed otherwise we will remain open as normal. We are noticing an increase in the sale of pyjamas and dressing gowns, presumably people planning for self-isolation or possible hospital visits. Parents are still needing school uniform whilst schools remain open. Whilst we are as a business, we have always considered ourselves as a part of the community here in Woolston and until that community is forced to shut down we will be here and available.
Current advice is to avoid busy places and crowded areas. We are not Tesco. Whilst we get a steady stream of customers throughout the day, half a dozen people in the shop at the same time is busy for us. However we are prepared to ask people to wait outside for a minute or two whilst other customers are being served to prevent unnecessary interactions.
At present we are well stocked on most items. Deliveries are however already becoming a bit unpredictable. Therefore as of today how we will stop taking orders for any items that happen to be out of stock until we are able to guarantee delivery times again.
It is almost inevitable that at some stage we will be forced to close. If and when this happens we will issue further updates here.
In the meantime we hope that everyone stays safe, and just in case this drags on for longer than we anticipate, can we now take this opportunity to wish all our customers a Merry Xmas & Happy New Year