SEVERAL business in the Lyme Regis area are reaching out to customers in new ways as the coronavirus emergency takes hold.
Amid concerns about the effects the epidemic will have on businesses, most in Lyme Regis still remain open.
Some are offering help and support for the elderly and those in need, and several have launched takeaway and delivery services to ensure they can still reach their customers as new ‘social distancing’ measures are introduced.
Here’s a round-up of announcements made by local businesses:
The Pilot Boat (01297 443147) has launched a new menu including pizzas, fish and chips and burgers available for takeaway and delivery. It has introducing ‘social distancing’ measures and all live music and quiz nights are currently cancelled.
Italia restaurant (01297 442123 / www.italialymeregis.co.uk) will be offering is freshly-made pizza and pasta dishes for delivery or takeaway.
Vegetarian restaurant Tierra Kitchen (01297 445189 / 07827 224 735 / www.tierrakitchen.co.uk) has also launched a new takeaway and delivery menu with a selection of hot meals for just £5.
The Millside (01297 445999 / www.themillside.co.uk) will deliver meals that can be shared by the family or split and frozen.
Penny Black Café has launched a meal delivery service for anyone in isolation and staff have also offered to pick up essential items from other town centre shops for delivery. Call 07795 465 760 between 9.30am and 2.30pm to arrange.
Lyme Fish Bar (01297 442375) will launch a delivery service for the elderly and isolated today (Wednesday).
The Royal Oak in Charmouth (01297 560277) will also deliver hot meals to those in need around the village.
Lyme Regis Butchers (01297 445000) has special offers on meat packs and will deliver to elderly and vulnerable residents in the area.
All the above business remain open as usual.
SWIM (01297 442668) has closed but will be offering a takeaway-only service at the weekends, launching this Friday.
The Rousdon Village Bakery, which has not been open since suffering a fire in January, will host a farmshop in shopping containers on its forecourt, opening at 10am on Saturday, March 21 to provide an outlet for local suppliers who have had many orders cancelled. Haye Farm, Trill Farm, Gilt and Flint and The Old Dairy will be among those attending.
Local taxi firm Causley Cabs (01297 642011) is still taking regular bookings but is also collecting prescriptions, shopping, takeaways, etc. for a minimal charge for those unable to get out of the house.
Local businesses that have taken the decision to temporarily close include Cellar 59 and Lyme Bay Café Bar.
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