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Restaurants and hotels are quick to take on takeaways

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RESTAURANTS and hotels modified their usual operations to provide takeaways in a matter of days.

Subject to Environmental Health approval, since Saturday these businesses have been open for pre-ordered takeaways only.

Staff prepared premises to ensure appropriate hygiene measures were strictly maintained.

Les Rocquettes Hotel reopened on Tuesday, having planned possible scenarios ahead of the announcement.

Assistant manager Mel Franklin said they had been ready to go live when given the green light.

‘It feels good to have some sort of normality. We are very thankful to the States for the speed this was turned around.’

Five staff members now manage the service, which enabled 25 meals to be served on Tuesday evening.

‘Takeaway is not our normal business and our losses have been huge across the group.

‘It is good to see some cashflow back. We are looking at this as our preparation for al fresco dining and beyond.’

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The Queens Inn relaunched on Thursday with four staff at the helm.

A spokesperson said: ‘we are all good and ready to go.

‘It will be great to open again and hopefully see all our regulars. Opening a take-away service is a small start, but necessary to start the ball rolling.’

No guests have been able to stay in the hotel during lockdown.

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‘Losses are irrelevant – you just have to adjust.

‘The States have been very good as well as Randalls, the owners, who have been very supportive. Hopefully the next step is outside areas.’

Hideaway at Moores Hotel launched a sweet treat and celebratory ‘cake-away’ service on Thursday.

General manager Stephen Purtill said they were absolutely delighted to reopen.

‘Friday’s announcement galvanised all staff into action. Now we are focused on doing our bit so people can enjoy a well-deserved treat and a change from cooking at home.’

JB Parker’s at Moores will open from Friday.

‘I’d like to pay tribute to our amazing boss Mrs Harris,’ Mr Purtill said.

‘We are so, so fortunate to have her. She has supported staff throughout all this.’

Reopening in stages is a positive step.

‘After everything closed at once, reopening in stages is a nice way to ease back into it.

‘The Bailiwick has done really well and our sacrifices are paying off. Now we look forward to outside dining and borders reopening.’

Emily Hubert

By Emily Hubert
News reporter

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