Cafe owner says community ‘genuinely scared’ over outbreak
The owner of a cafe listed as a potential COVID-19 exposure site in St Lucia says people are feeling genuinely scared as the state battles a growing cluster.
Savas Ermides, the owner of Briki Espresso which is opposite the Ironside State School, told Scott Emerson a lot of businesses in the area were impacted as case numbers grew.
“I got the call you don’t want to get basically, mid-morning yesterday saying we had been flagged as a potential exposure site.
“So that was last Tuesday 27 July between 3.40pm-4pm.”
He said at the time of day, they are shutting up shop and only really operating take-away, which means the risk is low.
He’s been tested and waiting for his results.
Mr Ermides said he made a call to remain closed today, despite being given the green light to re-open.
“People are really worried, a lot of my friends who live near me, who live near the business that I have met through Briki going on nine years now, they are genuinely scared, they are not leaving their house which is a good thing.
“There’s a growing concern. The next 48 hours will be critical I think.”
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