The day after the PM told the nation to avoid unnecessary contact and travel, and to stay away from pubs and theatres, the social activity shutdown has begun.
Most of the churches in Abingdon will be closed next Sunday. The Methodist church said ‘It is with sadness that we recommend that worship services in Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance.’ The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are also calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a ‘different sort of church’.
At Preston Road Community Centre we met tonight and decided that this evening’s Bingo would be the last for a while. This did mean giving the Easter egg prizes away in one go rather than between now and Easter. But to compensate for that the Preston Road Jackpot of £200 will be won this evening.
A lot of the groups meeting at the community centre have already decided to stop meeting. That includes U3A, and the twinning society. The food bank will continue to operate but with social distancing measures.
The VWHDC (Vale of White Horse District Council) have announced the closure of:
- Community-based leisure events and activities at their arts centres involving older and vulnerable people
- All formal council meetings until the end of March have been postponed
The voluntary sector is very dependent on retired volunteers, many over seventy.
Oxfam cannot handle new donations because of reduced volunteers, and are likely not to open from tomorrow because they have not enough staff.
British Heart Foundation cannot handle donations for similar reasons. They will also have closures when they do not have enough volunteers.
The town centre was busy on Monday with the Market in town. It was quieter today, Tuesday, but people were still stocking up on essentials. Items running low included: eggs, flour, pasta, long life milk, disinfectant, toilet rolls, paracetamol, tinned fruit and tinned vegetables. Waitrose got a delivery of toilet rolls but it was gone in 44 minutes. A similar thing happened at Savers.
Chemists have run out of hand sanitisers and face masks.
The two town centre surgeries are checking people before they go into the waiting room to ensure they do not have a fever or any symptoms.
The roads were quiet with people from Miele and other Abingdon companies increasingly working from home from today.