There was the Abingdon Farmers’ Market this Friday (20th November), and there were about a dozen stalls.
I see their Covid-19 risk assessment included:
* All traders wore face-masks
* Food and drink could only be taken away
* No samples of produce
* A one-way system
* No groups larger than 6
My blog risk assessment includes not taking any close up photographs to avoid getting in the way, and taking just a few pictures while walking once round the outside.
There was a Local Excellence Market in Abingdon today. It rained all morning and brightened up in the afternoon.
On the Poppy stall could be seen a Veterans Dog. These dogs are trained to support veterans, of the armed services, to lead a full life.
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council have announced that there will not be the usual Remembrance Day service or parade. Organisations can lay their wreaths at the war memorial from Friday. People can also mark the two minutes silence at 11.00 am on Sunday 8th November from their doorsteps. The Town Council will host a Remembrance presentation on its website www.abingdon.gov.uk so that people can view the War Memorial from the safety of their own homes.
At the Market were Christmas decorations and gifts.
Since the market, the PM has announced a second lockdown from Thursday until 2nd December. Non-essential shopping will not be allowed during that time.
Abingdon Country Market were also there. They told me – this morning – that their next Market was on 14th November. Food is essential so that could possibly still go ahead.
I got a pile of books from the library. (Reading is one of the pleasures of lockdown.) The library were up to their Covid-19 limit of twenty people but it still looked empty. They will probably close during the lockdown, along with pubs, restaurants, churches, fitness centres and community centres. Schools will remain open during the second lockdown.
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 were looking around, many with face coverings.
A lot of new rules have been introduced this week as the transmission rate of Coronavirus rises. Since June there has been an easing of the COVID-19 restrictions and this week saw them being tightened up again as we head into autumn.
Anybody going into Pablos Lounge will have to wear a mask from door to table, and try to order from the table using a phone app, and check in with 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 only up to six allowed. Pubs all close at 10 pm.
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 one or two classes or however the school organise bubbles. Pupils do not mix inside school outside their bubble.)
Going back to school has seen the normal autumn coughs and sneezes and they are having a much bigger effect on attendance this year. Students are taking time off to get tested or wait for a family member to be tested. (My understanding is that new coughs, high temperatures, loss of smell and taste are possible symptoms of Covid-19. Sneezes and runny noses are not – yet.)
Yesterday, there were some people on the Market Place in Abingdon asking people to sign a petition against any new lockdown.
Today I had my first coffee and croissant on Abingdon Market Place since the start of the lockdown. When I sat down, the outside seats at R&R, Costa, and Throwing Buns were in sun; and the seats at Java were in shade.
I noticed the usual queue outside the National Westminster Bank – a very popular bank. Pablos Lounge have reopened this week.
I started a survey of face masks to see what was the most popular colour: 3 blue, 1 pink, 1 black and counting … then noticed a man with a Black Sabbath T Shirt taking a selfie in front Abingdon County Hall Museum.
The doors of the museum appeared to be open but, looking later, I discovered that was only the outer doors. In the interim, the museum are publishing some lovely pictures of exhibits on Abingdon Museum on Instagram.
I flicked through a book, purchased at the British Heart Foundation, and edited by John Betjeman and John Piper, called ‘Murray’s Berkshire Architectural Guide‘
At one point it says, ‘Despite the fact that the huge industrial city of Oxford is only six miles away, Abingdon remains resolutely Berkshire. Not even the presence of the MG motor works and a large, noisy aerodrome kills the essentially market and country quality of this meadow-set, river-bordered, old brick town.’