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Preston takeaway café hits back after ‘Covid magnet’ claims

Written by on January 13, 2021

A Preston takeaway café has hit back after being called a ‘magnet’ for Covid rule breakers.

The Green Frog Café, which operates on Pedders Way near the docks, has defended its decision to stay open following some criticism.

As well as an image of the cafe next to a car park which appears relatively busy, the online user criticised the cafe and the council.

In a tweet, he said:” This must be the busiest place in Preston to spread Covid-19. Why’s Preston Council not doing anything to stop the hordes of people parking and using the Green Frog?

“If the council was serious about the lockdown they need [sic] close car park.

“The concerns are: why ask people to go into lockdown to protect others when they see all these visitors to the docks? The car park should be closed to keep people away.

“The car park on the docks is overflowing with visitors The Green Frog is a Magnet for people to break lockdown. The car park needs to be closed.”

The Green Frog, however, has defended its actions, saying that they have been thorough in abiding by the rules set out by the Government, and that safety is a priority.

A spokesperson said: “We have been adhering to the guidelines set out, using everything in our power to make sure the customers are safe.

“We have cones set out for queuing customers, to make people keep in the two-metre guidelines, and we insist on using contactless payment which means no money with gems on it can change hands.

“As for the car park, that’s nothing to do with us, as we do not own that.”

Currently, the rules state that you must not leave your home unless for basic essential medical and shopping needs for work or for exercising within your support bubble.

You can also meet someone in a support bubble if legally allowed to do so.

Takeaway service is still allowed within the new guidance, with establishments permitted to provide a food for collection or delivery.

Preston City Council has been contacted for comment.

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