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Miele's Gelateria ice cream shop in Inverness invites customers to visit ahead of possible temporary closure

By Gregor White

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The owners of a popular Inverness ice cream shop are to stay open late on Friday, ahead of new lockdown restrictions.

The owners of Miele's Gelateria in Church Street, Inverness say the shop will stay open until 9pm on Friday after which they will "probably" have to close.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a range of measures today, tightening up current lockdown restrictions.

From Saturday these include a bar on customers being allowed to enter takeaway premises to pick up food or drink.

Instead, shops that want to continue providing takeaway will have to do so via a door or counter.

In a Facebook post Miele's said: "As we are a 'food retailer' and not a café or restaurant there is no government grant in place for us as it stands to shut down. (Same boat as many other independent food retailer's - we are classed as food & essential but not allowed you inside anymore to take away)."

They added: "Please come down and enjoy what we have to offer before we close on Friday.

"Open 11am till 9pm Thurs & Fri.

"We shall plan our next move and look and see if deliveries are an option as we only have a small winter team in place at the moment & little resources.

"Take care & thank you all so much for support throughout!!"

Related article: Lockdown restrictions to be tightened from Saturday

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