Businesses are being hit hard, both by having to close and by an uncertainty as to when all this will be over.
Richard Eley, who runs a number of businesses in Ironbridge, including Eley’s pork pie shop and the Darby’s 1779 tea room, said: “The trade with residents and business has basically dropped off a cliff. The worrying thing is we don’t know where the bottom is so we’re all in freefall at the minute – but we’re all in it together.”
Mr Eley himself has been self-isolating for over a week. He urged everyone to “wash their hands, stay safe, stay at home and protect the NHS”.