December 2020

Coronavirus Chronicles Part 5: August & September 2020 March 2020 | April 2020 Saturday August 1st Jus4Paws relocates from its basement on Upper Clwyd Street into the vacated Choo Choo shop next to the former Barclay’s. Monday August 3rd Cafés, restaurants and pubs are now permitted to open inside. W & G Jones Station Road does so and Bar Llaeth opens fully (having from July 13th offered outside seating only), as does the Candy Shack at the former Siop Nain café and the café at Seven Oaks. Chatwin’s café and Gail’s remain closed. Costa is reported to open in September. Meanwhile, The Boar’s Head, Wetherspoon’s, Feathers and the Park Place all open inside. The Wine Vaults continues outside service from its car park, for now. The Star, Farmers and the Corporation Arms remain closed at this point. The Myddelton Grill is also closed. Next door, new Origin has never opened but soon does so. The waft of garlic continues to perfume Upper Clwyd Street, as the Small Plates/On the Hill chilled ready meal takeaway service continues on Thursdays to Saturdays and this, apparently, is actually now expanded. Tuesday August 11th The Old Gaol reopens, though the message on its website says differently. There’s no need to book. Nantclwyd y Dre remains shut, pending the fitting of screens and other preventative work. Wednesday August 12th The Craft Centre, now part of Denbighshire Leisure Ltd, opens on reduced hours 11a.m. to 4p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays only, limited within the galleries to 20 pre-booked people per hour. Café R remains closed. Thursday August 13th As of this afternoon, it is now possible to use the library’s computers, provided they are pre-booked. There is a limit per person of 45 minutes once a day. Friday August 14th Nantclwyd y Dre reopens (on three days a week). Both it and the Gaol experience bumper visitor numbers, owing to the poorer weather from mid-August and fewer people travelling abroad. Friday August 21st The Myddelton Grill reopens. In the hospitality sector in town, this leaves The Star, The Farmers’ Arms and The Corporation Arms yet to unlock. Monday August 24th County Hall opens to the public, for timed 30-minute appointment slots. Virtually all staff continue to work from home. Tuesday August 25th Plans for the one-way system given go-ahead, subject to successful temporary traffic orders. Tuesday September 1st Bus services ramp-up to something akin to pre-virus levels, including the reintroduction of the X1 to Chester and X51 to Wrexham. Schools reopen initially for staff training days and from September 3rd ‘normally’ for all pupils. Coleg Llysfasi opens for students. Sunday September 6th A number of local chapels reopen for indoor worship, generally on a fortnightly basis. No singing aloud is allowed. September 3rd Schools return on a staggered basis. Ysgol Brynhyfryd, for example, welcomes all years back concurrently from September 8th. September 10th Costa reopens as one of the last businesses to do so after lockdown 1. September 14th It is mandatory to wear face masks in confined spaces such as shops. September 24th The launch of the NHS tracking app results in several Ruthin businesses pinning up QR codes to assist. September 25th Tesco announces that certain of its lines will be rationed. September 26th Pubs, restaurants and shops are unable to serve alcohol after 10 p.m.
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