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"It's business as usual in Haslemere"

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"It's business as usual in Haslemere"

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:05pm 6th March 2020.

Residents are being reassured that it is business as usual in Haslemere. 

The town has been at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in Surrey for the last few weeks with a man and a member of his family diagnosed. 

Now the Haslemere and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce is urging residents to keep visiting the town after some businesses reported reduced trade. 

President of the Haslemere & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Craig McGowan says Haslemere is open for business: 

"Our town is full of individual owner-occupied businesses that have been able to respond immediately to events and continue to offer customers the warm, friendly and safe shopping and socialising environment they know and love.

"We’re in an ideal situation for visits as shops and businesses are fully prepared and aware of the situation regarding the Coronavirus.

"Local businesses are going the extra mile to reassure staff and customers that they are taking the threat of the virus seriously but are also getting on with the business of welcoming people to our lovely town.”

The coronavirus in Surrey

  • As a result of the coronavirus, the Prince of Wales pub had to shut for several days for a deep clean as one of their customers was diagnosed with the illness, it has now reopened.
  • In nearby Hindhead, the Royal British Legion Club on Beacon Hill Rd also has to close after one of their customers was found to have COVID-19, they have also reopened.
  • St Edmund’s school in Hindhead confirmed earlier this week has said both the mother and father of one of their pupils are confirmed to have the virus with several other parents of the school having to go into self-isolation as a precaution.
Prince of Wales Haslemere

Chamber members have reported that while trade in the town was quieter than usual over the weekend, visitor numbers are climbing and people are shopping, working and socialising in Haslemere as usual.

Oli Leach of Oliver’s Coffee Shop and Wine Bar said businesses are following advice from the NHS and Public Health England:

“Heightened awareness of the virus because of local cases means that we’ve been well-placed to respond and plan accordingly.  

We’re following advice from the NHS and Public Health England to sneeze or cough into a tissue, frequent handwashing and cleaning surfaces that people tend to touch a lot, such as door handles.