A CAFÉ in Worcester is set to reopen this weekend as a trial during the coronavirus lockdown.

Café Viaduct, in Grandstand Road, will open its doors again this Bank Holiday Weekend.

The café, which is based on the riverside, announced on Facebook that social distancing measures will be in place for the safety of staff and customers.

The café will reopen on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 from 10am to 4pm for takeaway drinks, homemade cakes, Bennetts ice cream and a limited menu.

Service will be from the patio and river facing hatch. A delivery service is also available.

The café's announcement that it would open, made on May 20, was welcomed by many from the community.

The café officially re-opened in March last year and was taken on by owner Alex Daw, after it had closed in November 2018.

Mr Daw said: "We’re going to open for takeaways to supplement the deliveries of homemade cakes and ready meals we’ve been doing.    

"We’ll be selling coffee, cake, icecream, cold drinks, and milk shakes.  

"We’ve rearranged the café so there’ll be a counter for ordering and paying and then drinks can be collected from a separate hatch. 

"This way with two members of the team working we can easily stay 2m away from each other and  customers.  

"I figured with the nice weather forecast people would appreciate some refreshments while they take their walk."  

Among the other coffee shops and restaurants which are starting to reopen include Five Guys in Cathedral Square, which opened on May 19.

Orchard Cafe, based at the Worcester Countryside Centre at Worcester Woods, will be opening as a takeaway from June 1.


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Be The Change, the Cornmarket vegan cafe, has offered delivery of takeaway services during lockdown, but has now resumed opening of its shop.

Staff at The Nags Head in Malvern say they are waiting to see what will happen before making concrete plans for the resumption of business after coronavirus restrictions have eased.

Manager Alex Whistance said: “Obviously we are shut and all staff are furloughed at the moment. We are not doing anything at the moment, we are waiting to see how it all unfolds and will go from there and try and get a plan together.

“We are discussing ideas at the moment and will come up with more ideas, but things change quickly. There are a few good ideas going but it would be really nice to just go back to how it was before the coronavirus.

“It is going to be a difficult rest of the year with a the social distancing regulations and not really knowing yet what they will be.

“We’re not going anywhere though, and we want to get people back into the pub as soon as it is safe. Whatever the changes and plans, we will be back.”