It’s takeaway only.
As Cork cafés and restaurants either close completely or switch to a limited take-out menu to #stopthespread of coronavirus, most of us are torn between wanting to support struggling businesses and avoiding as much human contact as possible.
Addressing the nation from Government buildings yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that cafés are permitted to stay open for now, provided they provide a takeaway service only.
Meeting up for coffee is out, but if you’re on the way to work or passing a coffee shop on your way to the shops, you can pick up your usual caffeine hit as long as you carefully observe the rules.
With that in mind, the Department of Health has released a new video to demonstrate exactly what you should expect in your local café in terms of social distancing and hygiene measures.
There are strict guidelines in place to protect staff, showing how far each customer should be standing from the counter and the distance that should be allowed between customers waiting in line.
You can watch the video here:
Keeping your physical distance is the way we are going to slow down this virus and safe lives in Ireland. Check out this video we have put together showing how a cafe doing takeaway coffees can and is complying. Please watch and retweet #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/amfPuv64zS
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 25, 2020
With most Cork cafés closed, for now, some have been adapting…
At Badger & Dodo on Barrack Street, only one customer is allowed in the cafe at a time. The counter has been fitted with a large protective screen and customers take their own coffee cup lid from the sealed packet, which is offered to you by a barista with a gloved hand.
Over on Union Quay, Union Grind is asking customers to order and pay by phone and they’ve added an option to pick up outside in your car.
In Ballinspittle, Diva Boutique Bakery, Café and Deli have been baking bread, cakes and scones to order and they’ve put in a new takeaway window to serve customers without opening their doors.
The Sandwich Stall in the English Market is still serving while making sure that the staff of Cork University Hospital are well fed at lunchtime too.
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Meanwhile, people have been using coffee as a way to let Cork’s brave healthcare workers know that they are appreciated as they battle coronavirus on the front line.
Musician Alex Ridley left a voucher open at Cafe Depeche on Lancaster Quay to treat doctors and nurses at Cork’s Mercy Hospital to a much-needed caffeine fix on their way to work.
I’ve left a voucher open in @cafedepechecork for anyone working from the Mercy Hospital Cork through these very difficult times.
Please share, tag anyone you know working there and I encourage anyone who can to do the same for their local hospital and cafe.
Some details below pic.twitter.com/nKTQh2PwKv
— Alex Ridley (@EightBitAlexx) March 25, 2020
Whether you choose to skip your large latte for the time being or you pop in for the odd collection, one thing is for sure: we’ll all be more grateful for our local coffee shops than ever when this thing is finally over.