Following the Government’s latest instruction, the team at Jenkins Bakery have made immediate changes to the way the popular chain of bakery shops and cafes operate.
BUT . . . Jenkins Bakery outlets still remain OPEN for business for customers.
Russell Jenkins, operations director of the Jenkins Bakery, said –
“We reacted very quickly to the Government’s statement last night. As a responsible business, we obviously support all measures designed to keep us all safe from coronavirus.
“You won’t be allowed to sit down and ‘eat in’ at any of our coffee shops, cafes and shops.
“But you will be allowed to purchase takeaway food.
“Obviously, we would like to reiterate the current policy about social distancing and ask that everyone respects the personal space around others.
“But the Government has been quite clear that we can continue to operate for vital bakery sales and takeaway food.
“The UK Government instruction was followed by advice from the Welsh Government.
“The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford summed up the mood last night when he said, ‘This is the right thing to do. We are tackling this virus in a controlled and determined way to protect and care for the most vulnerable people in our society. Together we can make that difference’.
“As always, the health and wellbeing of our customers, our staff and our suppliers is paramount.
“And, again, I reiterate that we continue to apply the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness across our business.
“In our business statement earlier this week, we did explain that we might need to be flexible with our operations and with shop opening hours.
“We appreciate that, for many, our shops and cafes also provide an important social and community service.
“For now, we will no longer serve hot drinks in reusable cups.
“We would prefer if all customers would pay for purchases by card – a debit / credit card. This is a service which is free of charge. This will avoid notes and coins being exchanged by hand.
“We have reviewed opening hours, with earlier closing times in the afternoon.
“Please check with your local shop as the hours may be different for individual outlets.
“We aim to keep all our food supplies going and shops open for takeaway supplies.
“This is a constantly-changing situation and if conditions determine that a shop must be closed we will provide notices directing customers to the nearest alternative.
“With nearly 100 years of experience behind us, we are accustomed to being an agile business able to cope with changing circumstances.
“Our promise to our customers is that we will continue to make it ‘business as usual’ for everyone.
“You can still order that celebration birthday cake. You can still order and buy your favourite breads and confectionery. Our team of hard-working craft bakers will still be busy at our production HQ in Trostre, Llanelli.
“Staff members will be glad to see customers – many of whom we regard as old friends – coming through the door.
“As I said earlier this week, these are difficult times. But we are resilient. Please stay safe and well. With everyone’s cooperation we will get through these difficult times.”