**Tuesday 24th March - Update**
**Sunday 22nd March - Update**
**Thursday 19th March Update**
This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and those of you having a go at me for this need to remember if the shop is closed it is not taking any money; if it's not taking any money, I do not get paid, yet the shop still has bills to pay (whether we are open or not) and I personally still have bills to pay. Closing means there will be no income to pay any of them. I stand to lose everything by closing, but if it means I keep my health and I don't pass anything on to anyone in my family, my customers or just some random stranger I meet in the street on my way to work, so they all keep their health, then that is how it will be. We all have a 'duty of care' to protect the people around us.Thankfully, for every awful person I've had to deal with this week, there have been 20 lovely ones.
Please be aware I have no idea what other florists are doing (going to do). All I can suggest is if we are unable to help you, you give them a call.
**Tuesday 17th March Update**
**Monday 16th March**
Currently we are open as normal and hoping that continues to be the case. We are following all updates from the government and as it stands at the moment it would appear we are unlikely to be forced into a lock down, although that could change in an instant.
We ask that you stick with us as-best-you-can and you do all you to can to support your small local shops during the comings weeks/months (not just a florist, but all businesses; bakers, butchers, pet stores, cafe's, corner shops, newsagents etc). We are sailing in uncharted waters and small, local, independent businesses like ourselves, rely on our customers to keep us operational on a day-to-day basis. We don't have the backing of government who will issue bail-outs to us in the same way the big supermarkets/stores do, and we certainly don't have millions sitting in bank accounts. 95% of all small businesses operate day-to-day. One bad day's trading can see them struggle to pay their bills at the end-of-the-month; a fortnight without trade due to a government lock down could see thousands of small businesses forced to cease trading, resulting in job losses for their staff. They are also safer for you to shop in than the big superstores.
I would like to add if you have a relation in our area that you are unable to get to, who has been told to self isolate and they need help of any kind, please let us know; we will do all that we can to help them out for you.
Regarding the transference of the disease, we have some extra measures implemented to help keep not only you (our customers) safe but also ourselves. We all have relations who fall into the “high risk” category and realise the importance of doing all we can to help stop the spread of what is appearing to be an unstoppable disease right now.