At Your Service: Chippie uses cafe space to ensure social distancing
FISH and chips are back on the menu at Barnard Castle's other popular chippie after the business reopened last week.
149 Fish and Chips, in Galgate, is opening Tuesday to Saturday, 11.30am to 8pm, after staff were able to organise a system which ensures social distancing for customers.
The tables and chairs of the cafe have been removed to allow up to eight customers into the shop and markings have been put on the pavement to ensure no-one gets too close outside.
Customers are also asked to use hand sanitiser on entering the premises.
An information board advising customers of the system has been placed outside the shop.
149 Fish and Chips’ James Teasdale said a basic menu was one offer to ensure a steady through-flow of customers.
“It’s been quite tricky to work out how we were going to re-open,” he said.
“However, using the cafe area for people to queue, I think we've got it all sorted, as long as customers abide by social distancing.”
In addition to queuing, the take-away is offering a telephone ordering service, with customers given an allotted time to come and collect their food.
As a result of re-opening, four members of staff have been taken out of the government's furlough scheme, with others placed on stand-by.