F ish and chip shops are re-opening in Sale providing good news for businesses which have taken a battering because of coronavirus.
One of the first to start serving customers again is Seaway Supper Bar in Ashton-on-Mersey village which has opened its doors after a five-week closure.
Pany’s in Sale Moor village will be back in business on Monday, May 4, with both chippies adhering to strict social distancing guidelines.
Many takeaways have stayed open during the crisis, including Emilio’s on Marsland Road, but the traditional chippy has taken a big hit.
The Lighthouse Fish Bar on North Parade is aiming to re-open on Thursday, May 14, and will make a decision once the current lockdown period is reviewed next week.
Meanwhile, Seaway and Pany’s will allow only three customers in their shops at any one time with queues outside, a familiar sight nowadays at most shops.
Seaway is co-owned by Andy and Anna Georgiou, the business having been in their family for more than four decades.
Son Mario said: “We had to close the shop for customer safety and don’t deliver, but now we’re happy to re-open under strict conditions and are only accepting telephone orders (0161 973 3112).
“The loss of trade has affected our business greatly, but we’ve had a lot of goodwill from customers who I’m sure will respect the guidelines and support us once again.” Only one member of a household will be allowed into the shop.
The shop had initially allowed walk-in customers after re-opening but promptly changed its policy to collections only for health and safety reasons.
Pany’s said on Facebook: “The shop will be open on a limited hours basis for the time being along with a temporary menu. We’ve put new safety measures in place and we hope you can all do your bit, as we’ll be doing ours to ensure that all customers and staff are safe.”
TGI Friday’s in Sale will re-open through a click and collect and delivery service from noon on Wednesday, May 6. Customers need to book a slot and pay online and open their car boot on arrival. Then call the restaurant who will put the order in the boot.
Builders are also returning to work while observing the two-metre rule, although getting hold of supplies is proving a problem for some traders.
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