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Covered Market remains open despite lockdown

Charlie Hancock reports how the Covered Market is operating during lockdown.

Charlie Hancock
Charlie Hancock
Charlie is reading Human Sciences at Hertford College. After working as a News Editor and Deputy Editor, she was co-Editor in Chief with Jill Cushen for HT22.

Oxford’s iconic Covered Market is remaining open, despite new lockdown restrictions, in order to allow non-essential shopping.

Traders such as Bonners Oxford grocery, Cardew’s coffee and tea shop, the Oxford Sandwich co. and Ben’s Cookies are remaining open for in-person shopping or providing takeaway food. Other retailers have moved to trading online exclusively, or offering click-and-collect.

It is mandatory for shoppers to wear a mask inside the Covered Market. Shoppers will also need to abide by social distancing measures such as queuing systems, which may differ between shops. Seating in the market has also been removed to prevent people from congregating.

Restrictions imposed under the national lockdown in place since January 6th require all “non-essential” shops to close. Shops providing “essential services” include hardware shops, pet shops, laundrettes, banks, and food shops.

Full details on which traders are operating can be found on the Covered Market website.

Image: Jorge Royan/CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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