Barbers in Abingdon town centre re-opened today and there were queues outside some, and sanitiser inside.
Most restaurants re-opened and many had a busy evening as people could eat out for the first time in over three months. They had social distancing signs and tables kept further apart than before.
Pubs also reopened with social distancing measures and signs. Social distancing became more difficult after a couple of drinks.
Taxis were queueing in the hope that the Abingdon night economy was open again.
A new barber is to open at the corner of Lombard Street and West St Helen Street.
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Cancer Research Uk re-opened today in Abingdon. They are the second charity shop in Abingdon to re-open.
They have put in place safety measures to stop the transmission of the virus and keep people safe. Only 4 customers will be allowed in the shop at any time and shop displays allow 2 meter social distancing.
Another shop that has a new look is the ex-Ladbrokes. It will open as Abingdon Nail Spa. The nail bar that was in West St Helen Street are moving and upgrading.
The name Abingdon does carry a certain significance. It is also used by Abingdon Health, in York, who are working on a Covid-19 antibody test.
These are in uncertain times for the UK economy and local businesses, many of whom reopened last week.
Lee Longlands, in Abingdon (incorporating Vineys of Abingdon) opened today after three months of pandemic lockdown. The lack of trading over that time has led to cash flow problems and it was reported by Birmingham new sources, and the BBC, that they went into administration this week.
Lee Longlands are assuring customers that they continue trading, and the administrator sounds hopeful of bringing them out of administration fairly soon.
Lee Longlands was established in 1902 in Birmingham, and Vineys was established in the 1870s in Abingdon.
A dozen or more shops have reopened since Monday.
In Bath Street, they included Masons,
Eileen have a closing down sale that began a few days before the lockdown and is continuing now.
About half the shops in Abingdon town centre are now open. Most of the charity shops are still closed. The hairdressing / nail businesses are closed. Catering (that are not doing takeaway) are also closed.
Of the bigger clothes shops New Look was open with a welcome back sale. Fat Face, M & Co, and Peacock are still closed. They have started re-opening some stores elsewhere.
Traffic at the Ock Street / Stratton Way lights was beginning to stretch back to the junction with West St Helen Street at times.