Henley town centre was eerily quiet today on the second day of lockdown with most of the shops shut and not many vehicles on the roads.
The shops which are still open are Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco, Boots, Post Office, Regatta Wines, Cook, Franco Belge, Henley Pharmacy, Henley Pet Shop, Gabriel Machin plus the banks and Nationwide Building Society on reduced hours.
Most shops are allowing only a few customers in at one time and have a person on the door marshalling the queues. There was a moderate queue (15-20 people) outside Waitrose at 1230 today who were allowing 36 shoppers in at any one time. They are giving the first opening hour to elderly and vulnerable shoppers, as well as those who look after them. Plus if you are an NHS worker in Henley, please go to the customer service desk and show your ID and you will be taken to an area where you will be to purchase essential items.
Tesco are helping the elderly and most vulnerable for one hour between 9am and 10am every day Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Today they have started handing out gloves to shoppers.
Zzoomm are bringing their work forward due to the coronavirus pandemic and Henley Regatta being cancelled. Bell Street will now be closed to traffic from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April.
The local town bus is still operating currently on a Saturday timetable up to 1pm.
Many of the shops have notices on the windows. At Thames Hospice, they have added the words ‘Thank You and See you Soon’ in big letters and Laurence Menswear has hung a Union Jack flag in the window with a notice that says ‘Stay strong, stay safe. We will get through this.’