Richmond businesses working tirelessly to keep customers safe, says mayor

Cllr Lorraine Hodgson pictured with Sip owner Wendy Postgate during pandemic.

Richmond businesses are working tirelessly to keep staff and customers safe, says the town’s mayor.

Cllr Lorraine Hodgson has visited dozens of shops and other firms in the town to give her support during the pandemic.

The mayor called in to Sip Coffee Shop, in King Street, this week and spoke to owner Wendy Postgate.

Wendy has kept trading during the pandemic by initially offering a delivery service, selling items such as treat boxes and cakes.

When the restrictions were eased , she then opened as a takeaway.

The coffee shop has now reopened for people wanting to sit in after her husband installed Perspex partitions between the tables to allow social distancing.

Wendy and her staff have also undertaken several courses to ensure they can keep the premises Covid-10 compliant.

Wendy, who took over the business in April 2019, said her customers’ safety was key.

“We’re not just doing things for show, we changing things to make sure people are safe.

“We’re also looking at what any new regulations are and asking ourselves what we can do next to make things better.”

The next project is to increase seating outside and she is currently in discussions with the district council about how to do that.

Cllr Hodgson paid tribute to Wendy’s resilience and ingenuity.

“She thought out of the box. For example, the screens are on castors meaning they can be moved to allow groups of two, four or six to sit together and everybody feel safe.”

The major said Sip and other businesses in the town were “working tirelessly” to ensure they were safe.

“I don’t have any fears going into any of the shops and businesses in the town. I totally confident with the measures people are taking.”