During the lockdown, the Abbey Cinema have been encouraging people to become members and get special deals as well as ensuring a steady cash flow and the survival of the cinema. Their first event will be the Formula 1 race from Silverstone, and is a members only event.
The Unicorn Theater has no What’s On yet. They have a holding webpage saying ‘New Site Coming Soon’.
The Studio Theatre Club announced they have started a read through of Love’s Labour’s Lost, to be performed at the Unicorn Theatre in November, if all’s well that ends well.
The Amey Theatre booking office still only has cancelled events at the moment.
Some leisure and fitness centres have reopened this week in Abingdon. I can see people back on the gym machines at Results and the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre have: gym, swimming (not splash pool), fitness classes, indoor and outdoor tennis only. The open air pool will not open this season.
Regarding churches, I hear that St Edmunds and Our Lady have a booking system for Masses and up to 30 people can attend. I have not heard about any other church meeting physically yet. The congregation size will be limited to 30 in most churches, and so streaming or service sheets will continue for those who cannot attend.
Tony sent me this picture from somewhere in Abingdon.
I took a picture of this replacement dog bin. It is on Mill Road in Abingdon. The red bin has replaced the original green bin.
I also took a picture of a dog bag hanging on a fence post, but then thought nobody wants to see that. Instead let me thank all the wonderful dog walkers who dispose of dog poo correctly. Gone are the bad old days.
The majority of businesses in Abingdon Town Centre have reopened since the lockdown.
Three Greene King pubs remain closed. Hearsay, on facebook, has it that new tenants will be managing them.
The blinds are down at the Black Swan. A full skip at the back shows there is work going on inside.
The blinds are down at the Punchbowl, although I saw lights inside
At the Broad Face there is not even the ghost of a hanged man in the dark inside.
A few shops remain closed. They include the large clothing shop, Peacocks, and the travel agents, Tui. Two charity shops, Oxfam and Sue Ryder, remain closed. Their risk assessments may well say that their elderly volunteers are still too vulnerable.
The Lounge Cafe has a notice saying they will reopen at the end of July.
New Government rules requiring customers to wear face coverings in shops came into effect today – 24th July. Mostly Books, and some other shops had reminders in their windows. The gov.uk webpage has the full details.
From about 30% of people wearing face coverings in shops yesterday in Abingdon it looked like everybody had one today, and many people were not taking them off between shops, or were leaving them dangling round their necks.
If you cough (or breath out) and have Covid-19 and are asymptomatic, the face covering protects others.
The covering should also provide some protection from Coronavirus in the air, but anybody wearing it round their neck can contaminate the inside of the covering.