Posted: 30/03/2020

Semley Village Stores

Semley Village Stores have recently implemented some effective yet simple social distancing signage to protect both customers and staff. The whole community has come together, with new volunteers helping out in store, and arranging deliveries to vulnerable local residents.

Lal Poynter, Semley Village Stores
“As a local village shop, run by the community for the community, our priority is to help and protect those working in the shop and all our local customers. We have limited entry to one customer at a time inside the shop: one out, one in. We have lines in tape stuck to the floor marking 2 meters around the till area, and more lines marking 2 metres and 4 meters from the door. It’s working really well.”

Jenny McDouall, Semley Village Stores
“Many of our volunteers are over 70, so aren’t able to volunteer now, but the community have really stepped in to help. We now close at 4pm Monday to Friday to give us a chance to restock, and we’re having daily committee meetings online via Zoom so that we can support our managers and volunteers and monitor the situation. Our challenge now is that we’re too busy, so we need to put in plans and limits that help us deal with this. We also want to understand where all our customers are appearing from. I hope that once we’ve all got through this, they will keep coming to see us.”

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