IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY IS UNWELL, PLEASE DON'T COME TO WORK. NOTIFY SUE BIRCHAM AND YOUR LEADER, GET TESTED AND SELF ISOLATE UNTIL YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN THE ALL CLEAR.
Todays COVID results are very encouraging with only 11 reported transmissions, but sadly 2 lives lost. With this trend, we hope to see an easing of restrictions in greater Melbourne sooner than planned.
It's pleasing that the restrictions in regional Victoria have been eased and businesses are opening up again. We hope that ice cream purchases will increase in these areas too, however, we desperately need hospitality businesses in Melbourne to start trading again. We are fortunate that the other states are continuing to trade quite well and that our production is being utilised across both shifts.
It's hard to believe that in Victoria we've been in a lockdown of various degrees for almost six months of the year and it's anticipated that some degree of restrictions will still be in place for another two months.
I continue to thank and applaud every member of our team for your continued vigilance in keeping our site COVID free, as well as your support in keeping our business operating as efficiently as possible. I'm disappointed that we've had to maintain strict segregation which prevents us from having our staff meetings and engaging in more face to face discussions. I look forward to the day when we can gather again to share the business strategy and direction.
Our sales team have had a huge win with Doug and Matt leading the negotiations with Countrywide Foodservice Distributors. They secured a preferred supply partnership with the group, who have over 130 members and will bring significant extra volume to our business. It will take time to get all the members who do not presently have an account with us signed up, but it's a wonderful breakthrough.
As you may have noticed, I'm a fan of the old-style refurbished ice cream trucks. This one has been beautifully restored and modified.