There was a Local Excellence Market on the Market Place in Abingdon today. Waterfahl were busking in the sun.
The Market had a lot of stalls, and people looking around, many with face coverings.
A lot of new rules have been put in place this week to keep the transmission rate of Coronavirus down. Since June there has been an easing of the COVID-19 restrictions and this week saw them being tightened again as we head into autumn.
Anybody going into Pablos now has to wear a mask from door to table, and try to order from the table using a phone app, and check in to test and trace.
Shop staff and serving staff are now all wearing face coverings – not just customers.
A NHS COVID-19 app has been released and you can now scan a QR code when going into The Narrows, and many other places, as a record for test and trace.
In pubs there is now only table service with groups of up to six allowed. Pubs all close at 10 pm. There is the anomaly that some supermarkets are open after 10 pm – selling alcohol.
As schools returned two classes at John Mason were sent home because of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in their bubble. (A bubble is usually a class or two. Pupils do not mix inside school outside their bubble.)
There have been the normal autumn coughs and sneezes but they are having a much bigger effect on attendance this year. Students have to take time off to get tested or wait for a family member to be tested.
Yesterday, there were some people on the Market Place in Abingdon asking people to sign a petition against any new lockdown.