A Stoke-on-Trent city centre bar has confirmed it will remain open as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause disruption across the UK.
BottleCraft, on Piccadilly, Hanley, will be operating reduced opening hours until further notice.
It will now be open from 1pm until 7pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1pm until 9pm Friday and Saturday and 1pm until 6pm on Sunday. It will be closed on Tuesdays.
The bar and bottleshop will also be launching a new webstore to allow people to buy beer.
In a statement this afternoon, the bottleshop said: “As promised we want to update you on some changes we’re making while the current emergency is ongoing.
“Like everyone we want to do what we can to help fight the spread of the virus, while at the same time trying to preserve our business and those of our suppliers, and the jobs and livelihoods of everyone involved with them.
“These are difficult times, and although the government has announced more help for the sector, it isn’t clear how long this will take to reach us.
“We will not be closing. We respect and support the decision of those businesses that have chosen to do so, and are able to do so. Like many others though, we do not have the resources to survive a prolonged shutdown.
“We’re offering 10 per cent off all growler fills for consumption offsite from today. Drink-in customers are welcome, but please make full use of the space provided to help with ‘social distancing’ – we have plenty of seating across the two floors.
“We’ll continue with our cleaning and hygiene regime, and will try to clean and disinfect tables each time they come free. We continue to regularly clean all high impact areas such as door handles and fridges. Please read and comply with all the public health notices displayed around the bar about hand washing and cough/sneeze hygiene, and stay at home if NHS guidance says you should – lets all look after each other during this.
“We fully support all of you who don’t feel able to visit us during the current time.”
The new webstore will be launching tomorrow and cover the ST1 to ST9 postcodes.
The statement added: “The store will allow you to buy any of the packaged beers we have on sale (and snacks if you’re missing pork scratchings!) and either choose to collect the packed order from the bar, or have it delivered to your home at a convenient time by our ancient and noisy company van.
“Delivery will be free for orders over £20.00. ID will be required for all deliveries, and if you’re currently self-isolating, or have the virus, that means we’ll not be able to make a delivery until your period of confinement is over – can’t see your ID through a closed door or from 2 metres away sadly folks.
“These are challenging times, and we want to try to do our part. But we also want to be able to look forward, when this is all over, to our favourite bars, cafes, restaurants and venues still being around as well.
“So please folks, do whatever you can to support all of your local independent businesses during this time, whether that’s ordering takeaway, buying gift vouchers for use in the future, or continuing to visit if you feel able.”