Some changes to operations here at Unicorn…
At the start of August, we will be ending both Monday opening, and the high-risk shopping slot.
Opening on Mondays was always a temporary response to an emergency situation. We really need one day to ourselves to carry out essential maintenance, cleaning, office and warehouse work that otherwise gets pushed into unsociable hours for workers. So, for all of you who have JUST got used to us being open on Mondays, we’re sorry! We’ll try and keep reminding you for the next couple of months.
Our daily morning slot for high-risk customers was very gladly provided, and we know it has enabled many customers to keep shopping with us, who wouldn’t otherwise have felt able to. Demand for this has now dropped off steeply, and we very much hope that the progress of the vaccination programme, plus the space we will shortly be gaining with the opening of our extension, combined with retaining limits on customer numbers, will allow most to feel at ease during normal hours. For anyone who doesn’t, we have supported Chorlton Bike Deliveries to carry out a Shop and Drop service (scroll down for details).
Opening times will return to pre-Covid hours on Monday 2nd August. Please do spread the word, and we hope you understand. Big thanks to everyone for the support and appreciation we’ve been shown as we’ve navigated this challenging time. Take care.
What we’re still doing differently (post-19th July 2021)
Numbers and customer flow are still managed to allow everyone space. However, there is rarely a wait to come in, apart from sometimes at weekends.
At those times, NHS staff and high-risk customers are still encouraged to come to the front of the queue.
We are continuing to recommend that staff and customers wear masks inside the shop.
The shop is cleaned frequently throughout the day using an alcohol-based disinfectant. Hand and trolley sanitiser is available at the door.
We have a good flow of air through the shop, with all windows and doors that can be opened, open!
Shop & Drop for shielders
For people who are shielding or unable to get out for other reasons, we have helped subsidise a temporary Shop & Drop service from Chorlton Bike Deliveries co-operative. So if you live within 3 miles of the shop, you can get your shopping done and delivered! This is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You just send them a shopping list (at least a day in advance), with your preferred delivery day, your phone number and address to email@example.com (please contact them directly rather than us, as they are running the scheme). Capacity is limited, but they will do their best to help people who need it. The service does not incur a charge but you are welcome to make a donation to CBD if you would like. Most of their work is carried out in volunteer time.
What we’re asking of you
Please wear a face covering when you’re in the shop. Equally, we ask that compassion be shown to customers who are not able to wear one.
Once you’re in the shop, please move through as quickly as you can and if at all possible, pay by card. We ask that you try and respect social distancing, both inside & outside the shop (2 metres = 2 shopping trollies). Please be aware that other people may feel more vulnerable than you – especially in this early part of the return to normality – and give people space.
Looking after each other
If you know of elderly or vulnerable people in our community, please think about whether you can offer to help them out with shopping or other essential needs.