Temporary Closure – Covid-19

To our community, our customers, our friends,

The South Store Café will be closing for two weeks.  It is now clear that this is the best way for us to do our part to minimize the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our community.  We will be closed beginning March 17th and it is our plan to be open normal hours on March 31st.  We will be monitoring the situation closely and if it becomes prudent to extend the closure, we will announce that as early as we can.

There has been a lot of uncertainty over the last few weeks about the nature and severity of the Covid-19 virus and what actions are appropriate to take.  Questions still remain but at this point, there is no doubt that, though there is no reason to panic, the virus will have significant health, social, and economic impact.  It is also clear that we can significantly affect the overall impact of the disease but only if we act now.

This is a painful decision.  It will be an inconvenience for many and a hardship for some.  We are doing what we can to minimize the impact on our employees and we ask for understanding from our customers and our vendors.

This is not a difficult decision.  The science is clear:

  • Closing borders is ineffective.  The virus will always find a way across.
  • Stockpiling toilet paper has nothing to do with anything. 
  • There are two things that all of us can do to slow the spread of the virus: practice basic personal hygiene and minimize opportunities for transmission by practicing “social distancing.” 

We have always tried to be diligent in our sanitation practices at the café and we have been updating our practices in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is not enough though.  We are humbled and grateful to have become a gathering place for many of our customers but gathering is exactly what we need to minimize over the coming weeks.  We believe that a temporary closure is the best thing we can do for the health of our employees and our customers.

We apologize for any inconvenience.  We thank you for your support.  We look forward to seeing you again soon.