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Will you be venturing to the shops this week?

In England non-essential shops will be open from 15th June

The easing of lockdown restrictions in England means that from Monday tens of thousands of non-essential shops can reopen after an enforced three-month shutdown. Northern Ireland opened up on Friday.

Just one in five English stores have traded through the lockdown and the relaxation of restrictions will mean that household names ranging from John Lewis and Primark to Currys PC World and Waterstones will reopen with Covid-19 safety measures in place.

So how will the new shopping experience look?

Clothing
Fashion retailers were forced to write off a season as a result of lockdown but Primark is returning with a bang on Monday, opening all 153 of its stores in England. Marks & Spencer, the UK’s biggest clothing retailer, will also reopen shuttered clothing departments as well as its outlet stores.

Footwear
Shoe shops are also opening their doors again with a whole new season of footwear on offer. Shoes tried on in Kurt Geiger stores will be quarantined for 24 hours before another customer can try them on, the retailer says. It is opening 24 of its 57 stores on Monday, but is being cautious and only allowing one customer in every 15 sq metres of space – double the government guidelines.

Sportswear
You won’t be able to try on a Nike tracksuit or Adidas T-shirt in the changing rooms yet, but JD Sports is pressing ahead with the opening of all 309 of its English stores on day one. Every branch will have a “host” on hand to manage access and answer any customer questions about new safety protocols. Returns will be separated from other stock for 72 hours to reduce coronavirus transmission risk.

Department stores
A first wave of John Lewis branches will open on Monday, with shoppers asked not to try on clothes and to use disposable covers before testing sofas as part of a new safety regime. Rival Debenhams is also opening more than 90 stores, with House of Fraser set to return during the course of the week.

Electricals
Working from home has resulted in an online sales boom for tech stores but some UK consumers have struggled with new laptops and desktop computers. Currys PC World is opening 131 stores with an initial focus on helping with tech queries. New signs will advise customers to ask staff for a demo rather than touching the tech in store themselves. The shops are also offering a free recycling service for old tech.

Music
Music fans will once again be able to flick through the racks of vinyl in their local record store. Entertainment chain HMV is reopening 93 stores and, after using hand sanitiser, customers will be able to get their hands on the records, CDs and DVDs they have been coveting. The retailer is also offering a personal shopping service called “list and leave” for customers who would rather provide a shopping list for staff to fulfil on their behalf.

Books
After several months of working through unread books at home, shoppers will be able to browse the shelves of a bookshop again. It will be different, though. Waterstones, the UK’s biggest book chain, is asking shoppers to set aside any book they touch on trolleys to be wheeled away into storage for at least 72 hours before being put back on shelves again.

Toys
The Lego and Paw Patrol sets will be in their boxes, and there will be no visits from Peppa Pig or members of the Power Rangers, but toy stores will be able to welcome children again. Family-run chain The Entertainer is reopening 160 stores in Monday.

Jewellery
Couples have been sizing up engagement rings online and, with holidays and celebrations cancelled, the UK jewellery trade is hopeful Britons will be in the mood to spend. The owner of the H Samuel and Ernest Jones chains says jewellery and watches will be cleaned before and after handling, with stores kitted out with ultrasonic and ultraviolet steriliser machines.

How do you feel about venturing to the shops again? Will you brave the high street? Or are you feeling cautious? Do you prefer to shop online? Which shop have you missed visiting the most?

Will you be venturing to the shops this week?

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sillygirl96
12th Jul 2020
0
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I wear my masks - have no problem staying 6 ft away, lol, and wash my hands after I leave. The stores are empty so I am free to roam as I please. I would hate to see box store closes. It's getting to the point where there is nothing to venture out for and I hate being trapped. I am lucky that I live in Florida and have a beach close by that isn't populated like all the others. I moved here just 2 yrs ago for the beaches and now look. Sitting at home in this heat is definitely not the answer.

I am also an essential worker, let me tell you all something, RUDE NASTY is the norm. Please try to control your anger, IT'S NOT OUR FAULT. Seek medical attention, but stop taking it out on THE STAFF. If you can't be polite, nice, patience and respectful STAY HOME
SueC62
20th Jun 2020
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Clothes shops have re-opened here in Turkey and I've already been a few times. Many of the shops were already very spaciously laid out. Temperatures are taken on entering malls and also in some shops. Customer numbers per shop are limited and barriers erected when reached. Hand sanitiser has to be used on entry to each shop and there is usually an assistant guarding the door to ensure this is done. There are social distancing markers laid out on the floors, changing rooms are open with measures in place and there are perspex screens at the pay desks. Masks are mandatory in public but as with any country, there are those who disobey or wear them on their chins, wrists or not covering the nose but after a recent rise in cases over 3 days as more restrictions were lifted (only to the same levels as UK), there is now very strict enforcement and the fines have been increased. I find that the masks act as a visible reminder to social distance.

Barbers, hairdressers and salons are also open and were one of the first businesses to re-open at the end of May. Masks have to be worn and all capes are disposable plastic.

My friend in the UK wears a mask and she told me that when she goes to the supermarket, as soon as people see she is wearing one they very quickly move out of her way.
sparrer
19th Jun 2020
0
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Having been shielding for the past 3 months I've grown to appreciate a new way to shop. I go on line, choose what I want and my family buys it for me using staff discount from the various stores they work for. Then I transfer the money to them and it's delivered to my door by very polite delivery people giving me time to do what I want, what could be better?!
Kid
17th Jun 2020
3
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Hello first time here I have been in lockdown since my birthday march 12 I must say I'm very scared now to go out I know I will have to but it will be very hard hoping this finds you all keeping safe kid
Shelfside
17th Jun 2020
1
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I sympathise with you Kid, I only go the supermarket once every two weeks to stock up, everything else I do online. It’s no big deal in my opinion...or is it?

I do miss the pub, restaurants and a bit of other socialising. I’m also on an area committee of a national charity which has been hit hard by the lockdown. We haven’t been able to hold our meetings, organise certain visits and - horror of horrors - have had to cancel our summer BBQ which brings in valuable funds. The Christmas lunch, also a good fund raiser, is looking a bit uncertain too.

Even if things were given the AOK, people including myself are going to be wary of taking the initial plunge. And as for wearing masks and what have you...

You’re not alone.
Shelfside
16th Jun 2020
3
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No. I have shares in Amazon...
JOHNEFF
15th Jun 2020
7
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I can't think of anything worse to do. I am not a fan of queueing in any case.
ChrisJ33
15th Jun 2020
5
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I wouldn't want to go to the shops at the moment as I don't think this virus is finished with us yet. I don't want to queue for a beefburger or fish and chips that I can cook myself for a fraction of the cost. Buying clothes and shoes would be awkward and in any case, I have a wardrobe full of garments so do I really need anymore? I've been grocery shopping on-line and will probably continue to do so.

Over the past few weeks I've become content with a simpler lifestyle. Will I be venturing into the shops - no I'd much rather read a book in my garden, or go for a walk along the prom.
mdan2011
15th Jun 2020
2
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I will be waiting a bit longer to see how things go. I do hope it is all okay but I have my reservations. We all should be wearing masks and helping to protect each other and keep the 2m distance. My wife is "shielding" due to an illness and so we get our food delivered. But I still have to go out for the odd bits and pieces which I don't like doing.

I have for a long time now shopped online so I am continuing to do so. Amazon gets a lot of my business and other places to. Life is changing and it will be like this for a long time yet, with more changes as well I feel.
Yodama
15th Jun 2020
2
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I may venture out to buy some curtain rods and fittings and a water butt and fittings.

Clothes shops, grocery shops and any other shops,...so tired of queuing so no...
viking
18th Jun 2020
0
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Yes I must try curtain rods for my back having been sitting for so long on a chair looking at the threads on this site !!
Supersabre
15th Jun 2020
5
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No, i don't think so. Managed all this time. Also,, don't like crowds.
HappyHippie
15th Jun 2020
8
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its too soon, just because the government is worried about the economy its no excuse to risk lives
BaW
15th Jun 2020
2
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Which is it...follow the science or shop for England? Want a little clarity. Personally, I would rather listen to the scientists than the politicians and business. No, certainly won't be visiting any 'unessential' shops for the foreseeable future.
VeraW7
15th Jun 2020
4
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Don't really need to try and get through all the people that will be venturing out. I am sure another week or two won't do any harm and things will have slowed down again.
Reynard
15th Jun 2020
3
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If I can wait three months for shops to open I’m sure a few more weeks won’t make a lot of difference but for safety’s sake I would rather leave it a while plus despite what people say they will be packed & I don’t need that..
olivep
15th Jun 2020
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Yes, I will be going to my local shopping centre - armed with my mask and ready for my 2m distancing, which is par for the course now any way. Lets get our economy moving folks.
ChrisJ33
18th Jun 2020
1
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We need to move the economy but our health is more important
caroleannetroops
15th Jun 2020
5
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I'll let things calm down first.
Rosedeb
15th Jun 2020
6
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Unless it is something I really need then will not be going shopping, I dislike the queues and even under "normal" circumstances I avoid busy times.
The days of shopping for enjoyment and browsing are over.
Its a matter of make a list, check they have what you need and get in and out as quickly as possible
upwarduk
15th Jun 2020
5
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My Social Shielding letter said not to go out until 30.06.20, so I have learned to rely on ordering on the Internet. Weekly grocer shopping has been a lifeline. Having a new kettle delivered on Tuesday.
ChrisJ33
18th Jun 2020
0
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I know how you feel. What would be have done without grocery deliveries via the Internet. Enjoy your new kettle
bob scott
14th Jun 2020
2
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Not until I know there are accepting cash again, I still have mine since before lock down, cash has be handle many more centuries than electronic cards, never heard of any one dying handling cash, other than fright they had spent more than they had. Bob Scott.
anntrousisme
14th Jun 2020
8
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I've found that I can have just about everything I need delivered e.g groceries and other essentials. I'm biding my time until I know I'll feel confident to buy other things (like treats from that hotel that sells chocolat!) without being worried about whether it's safe to go out anywhere I want to go. I realise that will be a while yet but I'm prepared to wait. Hopefully I'll enjoy it more.
Valleyman
14th Jun 2020
4
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I only use click and collect. It is getting easier to get a spot now. A few more weeks of caution are needed. It's still lockdown in Wales (and the five mile rule) but there is a lot of rebellion going on, and a lot of incautious people.
kentrix39
14th Jun 2020
3
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I am a shielded person and as such of my own violation will not mix with other people until such times as I am certain that no longer are a threat to my life. People are still in and of supermarkets without masks or gloves nor do they keep their distance in this country until people start obeying the rules as laid down we are never going to get rid of this plague. It is absolutely appalling the way that they are behaving even my children and grand children and great grand children will not go to supermarkets any more as the staff behave just as badly as the public not keeping a distance or wearing masks.
Wilf
14th Jun 2020
6
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I think the government should make mask wearing compulsory everywhere. It will help stop the spread of the virus
Valleyman
14th Jun 2020
2
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Totally agree Wilf. If everybody wears face-coverings we will all be protecting each other. Best to clarify it and say this is the new normal.
Wilf
14th Jun 2020
1
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Yes it's not difficult and compared to how much money UK Gov is hemorrhaging make them all free. It would cost say a few tens of millions but that is peanuts to keep the hospitals free of patients plus the economic costs . As usual, there is a lack of commonsense in the government-it is a worry!
Rosedeb
15th Jun 2020
8
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Can I just say that wearing gloves is not as effective as regular hand washing, gloves are actually worse as people tend to think they are protecting themselves, but actually unless you change them after every activity you spread more germs
GwynethC8
14th Jun 2020
2
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Apart from my weekly food shopping I really don't need anything else so I will bide my time.
I'm just waiting for my favourite restaurant to open -then I will feel that I am back in the land of the living!!
ebrown3441
14th Jun 2020
4
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Cautious and in vulnerable group so taking no chances
Casualgrey
14th Jun 2020
6
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Well, I will go to the shops with my mask on, but not because I can, but only for specific items, I need to bu.y The restrictions on how we shop ie queueing and distancing have been at the advice of our scientists and our government. The 2-meter rule although difficult is because some people have not got a clue what that is in reality or could it be they are just ignorant and do not care. There are people that were educated in feet and inches and do not know that 2 meters is 6 foot 6inches.
I will probably stir up a hornet's nest but my observation is that in the more expensive shops like Waitrose people seem to be more minded to observe the rules and keen to care, whilst in low-end shops, a lot of people don't care and 2 meters is often a lot less than 1 meter.
It is so easy to get people to the water but damned hard to get some to drink. I feel so sorry for our governing body that are trying so hard but only to be ripped apart but opposing politicians who cant work altogether for the good of all.
Then there is the business people ie aviation, who are only interested in profit for there own good and that of their shareholders. They don't care about the likes of you and me . They want the 14-day quarantine lifted. Our health does not matter to them . The only thing that does is money.
Macmay
15th Jun 2020
1
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I agree, the Government are on a hiding to nothing. All politicians, no matter what party should have come together and helped. MSM need taking to task for some of the lies and panic headlines they have put out just to sell their newspapers or upped their rates on television.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Stay safe folks, I have to work, however, when I finish I come home, decontaminate and stay put. I’ll not be at the shops for a while.
Mary Lincoln
14th Jun 2020
1
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The only shops I will be visiting will be for food, just as I have done since this started. The youngsters will be in them as they don't have anything to wear haha.
Retiredyorkie
14th Jun 2020
6
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Definitely not will wait until the rush is over - I have manged for the last 12 weeks and a few more will not make a lot of difference,
Yagala
14th Jun 2020
2
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It is not a venture for me as I am a widower with no family at all, it is necessity for to go sometimes twice to the same shop in order to get what I in a normal time need for my house keeping duties.
I some time get sick and tired of the "only 2 items at a time" and the long unnecessary queues outside shops in the rain, it makes people irritated because they see all this to do quite unnecessary at times.
Why not make it easy for people like me, to have a canopy with seating arrangement outside the big shops so we oldies can sit down and await our turn to get into the shop, I am disabled as well.
Wipeout
14th Jun 2020
2
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Still shielding...
Billythequiche
14th Jun 2020
5
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No, perhaps next week. Nothing we need desperately. We will watch the news and ease into it slowly.
Lionel
14th Jun 2020
3
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Pretty much my idea but for a different reason.

I don't like spending money!
Wilf
14th Jun 2020
5
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We have saved so much in the past 3 months Lionel-just food and a bit of drink. No petrol, no trains, no pubs etc etc. But we are even more content than normal.Maybe we need to all get a new sense of what enjoyment is?
Wilf
14th Jun 2020
2
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I agree-We are staying put for the moment. One minute its 2 metres from the government the next 1 metre? I doubt the virus cares either way!
Lionel
14th Jun 2020
3
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I am truly delighted you found a simple enjoyment Wilf. For so many years I've been banging on about keeping life simple, taking time to stand and stare, to pause for thought.

Our inner man isn't fed good nourishment just by spending, no, there's so much more to it.

You've made my day!
Wilf
15th Jun 2020
2
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And more so the older we all get Lionel and realise life is so precious and time is the most precious commodity of all-"The years just go by like water" as the saying goes. Its a cliche but money and things are not important so long as we all have enough to eat, friends and family and our health!
Reynard
15th Jun 2020
1
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Hear hear wilf so true
Billythequiche
15th Jun 2020
1
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I hear what you are saying, echoed by Lionel, and it makes sense. However, since retiring and and becoming free from responsibilities for children and grandchildren, we have found joy in doing things. Sounds pretty general when you put it like that but it is very wide-ranging. We are lucky in so many ways. After 49 years we are in a very comfortable, closest companion/friend stage and find many more things that we enjoy doing together than ever. On retiring we found our finances better than expected and being free of mortgage or rent means we are free to do things that we put off before. A walk in the sun ending with a swift one outside or inside our local club is one we miss. We have Unlimited tickets for the cinema so can go as often as we wish during the day when it is not crowded. Eating out at restaurants offering "food adventures" as well as quality classics. Socialising with our extended family that live quite close has been difficult to do without.
Freed from constraints of catering for others needs we are having several "jollies" a year, usually in the UK. We are finding more and more wonderful places to visit all over Britain. It seems almost a crime that we live in South Yorkshire but have never stayed in the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District.
Yes, we really are going stir crazy.
We know it's shallow, but having the means to CHOOSE what you want to experience and then losing it is painful.
It is no-ones fault, no-one is to blame, so raging about it is futile and a waste of precious time. It does help to put it down and send it to the ether. It is quite a relief to express frustrations.
Stay safe but have fun,
Bill
Wilf
15th Jun 2020
1
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These times will pass Bill. I think we are all lucky to have experienced such a good past few decades in Blighty all other things taken into account they were probably the best in mankinds history-We had enough to eat and drink-freedom-NHS etc. We are the same as you there are so many places in the UK we have not gone to yet and when all this virus scare is over we have also said we will travel more in the UK-I espeically would like to go to the Scottish Islands.
JE
14th Jun 2020
7
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I won’t be rushing to the shops any time soon unless there is something i really need. Will give it time to settle down then I might look out for a card shop as my stock is depleted and I have a few birthdays coming up over the next few months. For me, the joy of shopping is having a leisurely walk around, seeing what’s available and then choosing. The pleasure will have gone with the queues and measures that have to be put in place. Like others have already said, my priority is to get my hair cut but even when the hairdressers reopen I can’t see that’s going to be easy to get it done quickly with the measures they have to apply.
Wilf
14th Jun 2020
1
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I have been going to a few shops like I needed some glass last week so got 2 panes and I have also been to the local shops but just havnt bothered going to other shops. I cannot see the point when I can buy everything off the internet. I also have only spent about £50 on petrol in three months so have saved a lot of money (and pollution)
swaneldo
14th Jun 2020
1
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Until the shops open normal times, I will not be going near any. I think the restricted timings and queuing outside has made them more congested and caused more problems.

Pre-virus, I used to go supermarket shopping early morning and there was barely anyone around and I could walk round quite easily without encountering any social distancing problem, even at the self scan tills. I do feel these restrictions have added to the problem with regard to large supermarkets with plenty of room, although I understand the reasoning for smaller shops and their need to monitor the situation more.

There's really nothing, apart from food for me and mum which I get online, that would make me want to go shopping any time soon.
DavidM27
14th Jun 2020
2
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Non essential shops are not essential therefore why risk it. The only shop that would tempt me would be a barbers. Really fed up with unruly hair.
Marley444
14th Jun 2020
3
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As much as I have a concern for the high street and the economy, and people's jobs, I won't be going back to the high street any time soon. I have been once to my local garden centre mid-week which was very reassuring - very impressed with their Covid measures. But I am happy to buy everything else online. I have my groceries delivered and happy to buy clothes online - not that I buy much. Just took delivery of some new hiking trainers this week. I miss my hairdresser more than the shops, and I would also like to get a pedicure, but that's is about all for me.
Catton
14th Jun 2020
3
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Although I can go out it is usually for my daily walk and weekly shop. People distance well on the whole but I am wary in supermarkets as there are always some folk who ignore the rules and sad to say it more often older folk. I have tried a variety of supermarkets to find one at a time I feel safest in.
For the above reasons I am not keen on shopping in malls etc yet as I am not convinced about the truth in the R number staying under 1.
Having managed without ' extras' for 3 months there is no great need to rush to stores however tempted. My reason for going would be boredom. I would much rather see my family and friends again. Been alone since lockdown and I am desperate to have a coffee / share a meal with someone.
eric1
14th Jun 2020
6
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Far too early, I have been shielding now for 13 weeks, and it's still far too risky.
Munsterlander
14th Jun 2020
2
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I have not been out of our town for three months now. We did consider going to London a few weeks ago but not with all the riots on. What strange times we are all living in?
MrsPat
14th Jun 2020
5
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I have been going to our local farm shop and the small Coop near us for some weeks and they both have made it very safe for customers with only a few let in at a time. I am not sure I am ready yet to venture into the local town for shopping and also I have all I need at the moment.

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