Shoppers make tentative return to town


Steady footfall as many shops reopen with social distancing causing queues at some

Shoppers took the first chance to visit reopening shops yesterday (Monday) as lockdown restrictions eased. Whilst a number of outlets remained closed – primarily cafes and restaurants – there were plenty of other places shoppers were able to spend their money for the first time in around ten weeks.

Shoppers in Banbury High street by the returning Battery Stall.

In the Castle Quay Shopping Centre queues formed for access to Sports Direct.   Most retailers deployed staff at the entrance to their shops to manage the number of people allowed in at any one time.   The centre itself now asks shoppers to use specific doors for entry to and exit from Castle Quay and the floors have arrows to encourage people to avoid contact by moving in the same direction as others.

Shoppers queue to get in to Sports Direct.

One Castle Quay retailer told Banbury FM, “It’s been steady all day, but particularly between 11 and 1”.

Castle Quay is using measures to ensure social distancing.

Around the town around half of shoppers appeared to be wearing face coverings.

Meanwhile at Banbury Gateway queues formed for access to Primark and large crowds were reported at Bicester Village.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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