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Diss takeaways reopen under strict guidelines

A number of takeaways in Diss have relaxed their lockdown policies, reopening their doors for a limited number of customers.

After the lockdown measures were introduced late last month, takeaways in Diss all but closed for business – only accepting deliveries ordered over the phone.

A handful of takeaways have now reopened their doors, but will by no means be operating business as usual.

Earlier this week, Baileys Fish and Chips in Shelfhanger Road and Fair Green Fish Bar in Denmark Street both began allowing two customers into the store at a time, while Angel Cafe in Fair Green started a click and collect service as of today.

Fair Green Fish Bar owner Cemal Adiguzel said strict social distancing rules will be in place, and he has also cut down on the number of staff working at any one time.

The 38-year-old said: “We were closed for three weeks, only taking deliveries, but we were getting lots of phone calls from customers asking when they would be able to come inside.

“It’s a very different trade now – 90 per cent of people will still phone us first, and then come in to get their food.

“We’ve got to make sure that we are safe and the customers are safe, so we’ve also changed the limit on contactless payments, which has gone from £20 up to £40. We’ll normally have five members of staff inside the store, but now it’s down to only three.”

Larger franchises in the town have also set dates for when they plan to reopen. Earlier this week, bakery chain Greggs announced that it plans to have its branch in Mere Street open by July 1 at the latest.

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