The Insomnia coffee chain today opened three of its cafes across Dublin as part of a take-out service as part of a gradual reopening.
Despite the fact that cafes are not on the list of essential government services that are allowed to stay open during the lockout, the coffee franchise has reopened its Dun Laoghaire, Portmarnock and Blackrock stores today.
However, in accordance with government restrictions, cafes will only operate with take-out service.
In a statement to Independent.ie, a spokesperson for the franchise said, “As a registered food business with auxiliary takeouts, we are allowed under government directives to operate as takeout.”
In a letter to staff, chief operating officer Dara O Flynn said the company expects movement restrictions and social distancing to be in place for the next six to 12 months.
“We know returning to work may seem daunting to some, but our operations team is confident that they have designed and implemented a safe environment in which you can work,” he writes.
Stores will see markings on the ground to guide physical distance and a plexiglass screen behind the counter separating customers and staff. Each café will also see staff split into two teams of two to three members and working in rotation.
According to O Flynn, the three stores will pave the way for the reopening of the other stores.
“These three stores will pave the way for a better understanding of how our business will operate in the new” normal world of social distancing “. Thereafter, we will have to open a few other stores, etc. Please note that it can take several weeks or months in some cases, before your store reopens, ”he added.
In a statement to Independent.ie, a spokesperson for the company added that her “continuing goal” was the health and well-being of communities, team members and customers.
“The stores will offer a limited take-out menu of coffees and baked treats during limited hours.”
Customers will be invited to line up in front of each store two meters apart, with markings for the queue. A hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and “the flow of customers in the shop will be limited”, only card payments are allowed.
The spokeswoman added that staff had “volunteered” to work.
“The team members at these stores have all volunteered to work, and this decision will allow us to restart our supply chain and provide us with important lessons on the short and medium term for the future. ‘business.”