Cafe owner says community ‘genuinely scared’ over outbreak

As the state tackles a developing cluster, the proprietor of a bistro classified as a potential COVID-19 exposure site in St Lucia says people are fearful.

As case numbers grew, Savas Ermides, the owner of Briki Espresso, which is located across from Ironside State School, told Scott Emerson that several companies in the vicinity were impacted.

“I got the call you don’t want to get in the middle of the morning yesterday, basically indicating we’d been flagged as a potential exposure site,” she said.

“That was on Tuesday, July 27th, between 3.40pm and 4pm.”

He explained that because it is late in the day, they are closing up shop and only doing take-out, the risk is low.

He’s been tested, and the findings are pending.

Despite being given permission to reopen, Mr Ermides said he made the decision to remain closed today.

“People are quite concerned; many of my friends who live near me, who live near the business that I met through Briki for the past nine years, are genuinely concerned; they are not leaving their homes, which is a wonderful thing.

“There’s an increasing sense of dread. The next 48 hours, I believe, will be crucial.”

To hear more of his reaction to the business support package, play the video below.

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