Local Independent Neston Businesses Put Community First
|Published: 2nd September 2020 11:18|
Two popular local eateries in Neston have pinned their colours to the mast and put community safety before profit.
As a team member at Elephant Bank in Neston had a suspected case of COVID-19, the decision was made to immediately close the restaurant for a deep clean. In a statement, the Elephant team further confirmed that the Bank would remain closed for up to 14 days to allow staff to self-isolate as a precaution.
Even though there is no crossover between staff at the Bank and those at Elephant Lounge in Parkgate, the decision was also taken, as a further precaution, to close the Lounge for today, Wednesday 2 September, to allow staff to be tested for their own reassurance.
A spokesperson for Elephant Collective said: "We feel it is important to take this suspected case seriously and although not required, we have have taken the decision to close Elephant Bank for 14 days to protect the safety of our community and will reopen upon completion of a deep clean by a specialist company and upon all staff from Elephant Bank completing isolation.
"We will be working closely with the UK Government Guidelines, the NHS Test and Trace Service and the local authority of the PHE to ensure #ElephantBank is a safe space for both our patrons and staff.
"These are extremely unique and exceptional times. We love our community deeply and the most important part of all of this is your health and safety."
Following this, The Blue Bicycle, located just a few doors from Elephant Bank, decided to be ultra-cautious and close for the day for deep cleaning and to allow staff to be tested. A spokesperson said: "We would like to reassure everyone that this is a precautionary measure and we remain confident in our strict hygiene policies.
"Of course, we will keep you all fully up to date as results come through and following any government guidelines as required."
Editor's Note: These two local, independent businesses deserve our gratitude for their swift and comprehensive reaction to this situation. Coming at a time when many businesses are struggling due to the effects of lockdown, it makes their decision to temporarily close for the safety of the community all the more admirable. I strongly encourage everyone to show their support to these and other local businesses as they continue to work hard to keep going, keep jobs in the community and to ensure our town thrives into the future.
We have also become aware that Neston Pet Supplies has had to temporarily suspend dog grooming services, due to contact with a positive Covid case. However, the shop remains open as usual as there is a 'team B' in place while the staff members affected self-isolate.
Vanessa's Hair Designs & Beauty have also taken the decision to close at least for the day on Wednesday 2nd September. Vanessa has explained that this is precautionary and they will reopen either on Thursday or Friday, provided none of her clients have been contacted by Test & Trace following the news reported above.
Coral Jade Hair & Beauty in Little Neston has also closed for Thursday and Friday, in order to carry out a deep clean as a precautionary measure.