Ricky Stoddart

The Covid-19 Pandemic

I want to take this opportunity to let you know what is happening at Koi Wholesale during the current pandemic, but also to share my thoughts on our responsibility as human beings and aquatic business owners during this time.

The announcement by Boris Johnson to order everybody to stay at home was one that I predicted would come this week and in all honestly I’m glad it has. A great number of the U.K. population didn’t seem to be taking the severity of this invisible killer seriously enough. I witnessed a lot of selfish, stupid behaviour in my local town and in the media by people choosing to ignore the governments advice, this is just not acceptable!

I had made the decision to close access to the site at Koi Wholesale over the weekend and called to speak to all of the customers who were due to visit at the end of the week and beyond. It was simply not worth taking any risks as the health and well-being of everybody must come first.

The aquatic trade is lucky that shops can remain open as pet shops fall in to the category of essential businesses. However I would urge you to not use this as an opportunity to profit but just to provide customers with those essentials to look after their animals and encourage online purchasing as much as possible. If we don’t all stick together and follow the rules now in place then these strict measures will be around for longer and more people will die as a result of Covid-19.

As for what’s happening here Koi Wholesale I am on site every day to take care of the fish and selecting specific orders for customers ready for when life gets back to normal. I have also signed up to become an NHS volunteer responder and I would encourage you to do the same if you can. To volunteer simply follow this link

Please take care and if you need any other kind of support in relation to your business during these difficult times don’t hesitate to contact me.

Ricky Stoddart
Managing Director
Koi Wholesale Ltd

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