Waterfront club to remain open – for now
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The Waterfront nightclub in Wick is to remain open but have urged revellers to exercise caution in light of the Coronavirus crisis.
Pubs and nightclubs within the United Kingdom have not yet received any instructions to close their doors as the public continue to self-isolate in order to slow down the number of cases of people falling victim to the COVID-19 virus.
Aside from health risks, financial ones are looming large for businesses and their employees with the Waterfront being no exception.
A spokesman for the nightclub confirmed they are to remain open for the time being and said that there has been "no financial support thus far" from any local or national authority to help them through this crisis were they to shut up shop.
While they do remain open, the Waterfront has asked the public to take care when inside the premises.
The spokesman said: "Following the government’s recent ‘advice’, we feel we should clarify our position.
"We are committed to following official advice, however, whilst the public have received clear advice, the hospitality industry has been left in the dark.
Our teams are taking all precautions, with their own health, as well as the hygiene in the venues
"Whilst we do not want to contribute to the spread of the pandemic, it is our intention to maintain opening hours for as long as possible or until we are instructed to officially close our doors.
"We do not want to disappoint our regular and loyal customers should you wish to socialise in our pubs and hotels.
"Our teams are taking all precautions, with their own health, as well as the hygiene in the venues, and we request that our guests do the same also.
"In light of the new crowd policy, we will be voluntarily reducing our official capacities as an additional measure. To assist us in ensuring this has the biggest impact, we ask that customers simply ensure that they keep a bar stool or two from each other at the bar, and that you do not share tables with other groups.
"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our colleagues and our customers, but in these times of economic uncertainty, all of our team have bills to pay and mouths to feed. Unfortunately closing the business and still maintaining this, is a luxury that simply isn’t possible.
"We as a business are doing everything to support our team of bartenders, servers, chefs and cleaning staff, and we ask for your patience and continued support during this turbulent time, where staff shortages, and supplier issues may become a reality.
"If you are in the most at risk group or simply have to self-isolate and need help, stay safe and sensible."