A mum and daughter ploughed tens of thousands into opening a tea room two weeks ago – but are now in limbo after being hit with high alert restrictions.
Natalie Ide admits there is major uncertainty about the future of her business after opening Loubees Tea Room in Chelmsford, Essex, with her mum Sue.
The 28-year-old said the first she heard of the new tier 2 restrictions coming in – which include no mixing indoors with those outside your household or support bubble – was when she overheard customers discussing it.
The pair originally ran Loubees from a nearby garden centre for over four years, but when their lease wasn’t renewed in May they began work converting a premises in the town’s Moulsham Street.
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