Last night, I was pleased to watch our government’s position on the Coronavirus pandemic go up a few gears, although I do believe they are inadequate and certainly, several weeks too late.
It is difficult to communicate how the Coronavirus has affected the wine industry as the cost of human life is far more important. Yesterday, our PM said “You should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues” which is super-tough for many of our friends in the trade. But we all understand the need for social isolation no matter what the financial costs.
Today, I held a meeting with my team as to the most appropriate way to conduct ourselves outside of the workplace as well as inside our four walls. Our government has not banned attending social events, merely suggesting it would be unwise. As such, I am unable to instruct my team once they leave the safe confines of our HQ. However, I am taking this matter very seriously and have informed all staff that they are not to attend work for a seven-day period should they wish to attend a social engagement.
The hygiene standard of my HQ is always exemplary as I cannot bear mess of any kind – Those who have visited us will attest to the spotless environment in which we work. In terms of placing special measures with regards to washing one’s hands and as perfectly put by one of my team members, Natalie “has the world only just realised how to wash their hands post a trip to the loo or after handling anything which could be contaminated with germs.” The Vinorium is a female dominated workforce and they are always obsessed with cleanliness. As such, that could teach Public Health England a few things!
In an attempt to keep the outside world out, today, I have taken the decision to close our HQ shop. We are happy to prepare collections (from your reserves) but cups of tea and chats are sadly no longer possible. As much as humanly possible, The Vinorium can offer an uninterrupted service if my team and I do not contract the virus. If, one of my team falls victim, The Vinorium will close for a period of 7-14 days which I am keen to avoid.
Currently, our preferred UK couriers, DHL & LCB are fully operational which means you can order whatever you wish. However, I do foresee issues with European deliveries (border closures etc) with the following countries not accepting shipments (via ParcelForce); Austria, Cyprus, Italy, Malta, Netherlands and Spain. I imagine this will grow in the coming weeks.
The Vinorium is primarily an ecommerce business which certainly has its benefits. As such, it is business as usual, but my team and I wish to remain respectful. Please contact us if you prefer not to receive news and offers during these incredibly worrying times.
These are unprecedented times for us all, and I thank you all for your continued and loyal support. Of course, I will be in touch with any updates as the situation unfolds.
My very best wishes to you all,