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Coronavirus: Newark and Southwell businesses urge public to continue to support them as they face uncertain future

Businesses in Newark and Southwell are urging people to continue to support them as they face an uncertain future due to the spread of coronavirus.

It follows the release of Government advice on Monday for people to reduce social contact, including going to pubs and cafes, to try to halt the virus pandemic.

Almost immediately venues such as the Palace Theatre and National Civil War Centre in Newark closed for at least a month, along with leisure centres.

Deserted Newark town centre on Wednesday morning.
Deserted Newark town centre on Wednesday morning.

Schools have now been ordered to shut, with this year's exams also cancelled.

Many traders are appealing for people to remember their local businesses when buying supplies instead of panic buying from the supermarket, and are offering home delivery services to help customers in self-isolation.

“Now, more than ever, people need to support their local businesses as we are the ones who are going to suffer,” said Gosia Bailey, co-owner of Mr and Mrs Fine Wine in Southwell.

Chris Bailey of Mrs & Mrs Fine Wines.. (31870484)
Chris Bailey of Mrs & Mrs Fine Wines.. (31870484)

“We don’t have the funds to cover ourselves and when we have got overheads and bills and staff to pay, it’s a worrying time.”

Tom Blakemore, of GH Porter in Newark Market Place, said: “We supply restaurants, pubs, cafés and shops with meat and if they are having to close it’s going to be difficult.

Tom Blakemore of GH Porter
Tom Blakemore of GH Porter

“This is an existential threat to our business and it’s going to hurt our cash flow and it does make me anxious.”

In addition to businesses, charities are also feeling the effects of the virus. Beaumond House Community Hospice, Newark, has appealed for support after a huge fall in numbers visiting their charity shops and fundraising events.

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