Mixed reactions from fries, delis and restaurant owners as covid restrictions end

Coronavirus restrictions are set to be further eased as the government shifts from Plan B to Plan A.

As part of this, the mandatory self-isolation period after a positive coronavirus test should be lifted, meaning you won’t have to self-isolate.

We spoke to people working in the hospitality industry across the city, a sector that has received a lot of attention during the pandemic.

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Here’s how three business owners reacted to the regulatory change.

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Craig Woodward runs Oscar’s restaurant in Newcastle and previously worried about Christmas bookings drying up due to , said: ‘To be honest, I think we need to get back to some sort of normality.

“I think Boris has done a good job of relaxing the rules.

“It seemed like the right idea, but I’m not 100 per cent sure if we’re going a bit too fast with the trigger.

“Parts of China have started to have hospital queues again. We have to go on with our life.

“I don’t think I would want to work with someone who has Covid. With my staff if they go down with Covid they will be extinguished.

“I don’t know how the law is there. I have to pay attention. We have a lot of elderly clients who are quite vulnerable, you worry about them. »

Adam Woolliscroft runs Sando's Deli in Newcastle
Adam Woolliscroft runs Sando’s Deli in Newcastle

Adam Woolliscroft, Sando’s Deli, said: ‘As a small business it is well documented that we struggle. Looks like it’s coming to an end, fingers crossed.

“I think removing the isolation period will help.

“We have diversified with deliveries which have helped, but it will increase footfall in the city center.

“We are returning to a kind of normality.

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“It’s a strange time so we’re preparing for the worst.

“It’s the choice of the staff, if someone is sick I would recommend that they do not work, whether it is a cold or covid.

“It’s their decision, I wouldn’t oppose it.”

Owners Tenneille and Dhruve Patel
Owners Tenneille and Dhruve Patel recently took over Bros Fryer in Longton

Tenneille Patel, 25, co-owner of Bros Fry, said: “People have to start living. We were ripped off a few years.

“But I still think it’s a bit dangerous, where do they draw the line?”

“It is time, but people have to understand that we have to be careful. It’s still serious.

“Stay clean, wash your hands.”

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