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Beshoff Bros announces temporary closure after videos of long queues appear online

By James Fenton

March 23, 2020 at 4:11pm


Beshoff Bros has announced its temporary closure after videos of long queues outside the Howth establishment emerged online yesterday.

Fish and chip shop Beshoff Bros has announced that it will close until further notice following criticism of long queues forming in Howth yesterday when people were supposed to be social distancing.

A statement on social media says that 'We are sorry to announce that we will be closing our stores until further notice for any walk-in customers. You will still be able to order for Delivery through UberEats or OrderYoyo.'

It adds that 'We know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for all of our staff. We wanted to thank all of our staff who have been working hard to try and provide for our local communities and we'd like to thank our customers for their support during this difficult time.  We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy and we hope to open our doors to you all very soon.'

Before the weekend, Beshoff Bros issued a post outlining a number of measures including encouraging customers to only pay by card and two keep two metres apart.

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We wanted to let you know the safety measures that we have put in place across all of our Beshoff Stores to protect our staff and our customer's health as much as possible. Only 2 people are allowed in the store at one time, we have a small team in each store so please respect this as you queue outside. We will give you a number and we will call you when it's ready to collect your order. Follow the guidelines given by the government and stand 2 metres apart as you join the queue. If possible please pay by card and not cash to try and reduce as much contact for our staff as possible. If you cough or sneeze, please use a tissue or your elbow to cover as recommended by the HSE. We understand that this is a tough situation for everyone and we would like to do our best until advised otherwise to provide fish n' chips to our local community. Thank you for understanding and we wish you all good health. . . . . #DublinChowderSpots #BeshoffBros #beshoffs #chipper #dublinchipper #food #fishnchips #traditional #yum #instafood #foodgram #foodie #foodiesofinstagram #foodlovers #dublinfoodie #lovindublin

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Beshoff Bros general manager Bridget Starbuck told the Irish Times that "The amount of abuse we have been getting since last night has been disheartening. It’s incredibly difficult because the staff did not want to go out and talk to people who were shouting abuse back. We had marked the areas where people had to stand. They had to stand behind yellow lines. If I look at our own cameras, people were keeping their distances. I don’t think we should be targeted. I don’t think it is right when the beaches and everything else was full.”

Meanwhile, seafood restaurant Beshoffs of Howth has moved to distance itself from criticism, saying 'We would like to notify the public, our followers on social media and our customers that we have been falsely accused of being the food establishment that had queues outside with no social distancing yesterday.

'We are not that business, and we have no connection to any other shops, or takeaways in Howth or elsewhere. We trade as Beshoffs of Howth and we are seafood restaurant, wholesale seafood supplier and retail fishmonger, we are not the takeaway that trades as Behoff Bros. Our seafood restaurant has been closed since March 16.'

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