Wick shop closes due to case of Covid-19
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A Wick convenience store has closed for 10 days after a member of staff was tested positive for Covid-19.
The closure of the popular One-Stop Shop in the town's Wellington Street was announced on social media on Friday.
"We should be able to open again sometime over the weekend," said shop manager Aalish Quilliam (24), who is isolating at home at the moment. "I spoke to track and trace and they said we would need 10 days' isolation from when the person was last working. On Friday I will be able to go in and get the shop disinfected."
She went on to say that it was fortunate that the staff member isolated themselves as soon has they developed symptoms.
The manager added: "A lot of people are being so supportive, saying we made the right decision to shut immediately and will see us when we open again.
"We are a very busy shop and have people who use the shop daily."
Orders for the store had to be cancelled and instead of wasting the perishable goods they were given to the Riverside House care home in Wick.
The manager had originally thought she would get tested herself but after contacting the Covid-19 hotline she was told she could only get a test if displaying symptoms.
"I just have to do the 10 days' isolation – we can come out of isolation with a clear conscience that there is no way we can spread it further," she said.
Following the latest lockdown restrictions the shop had reduced its hours through the week – opening from 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday and from 9am-8pm on Sunday.