December 2020

Coronavirus Chronicles Part 4: June & July 2020 March 2020 | April 2020 Monday June 1st There’s a marginal easing of lockdown, as we may all now meet with members of one other household, provided that this is outside. Castle Bell newsagent reopens, on a one-in-one-out basis, following closure at lockdown and home delivery of groceries till May 22nd. Newspaper deliveries continue. On-street parking, dog fouling & littering enforcement restarts from today, at least in theory. Tuesday June 2nd The first café to close (even before lockdown) reopens today as a takeaway service. With newly adorned windows, it’s the Coffee Cabin on the Square… Wednesday June 3rd … just as the fine, sunny and warm weather associated with virtually the whole of lockdown finally breaks, today. Friday June 12th Vale of Clwyd Army & Navy announces it is not reopening. Monday June 15th Wern Veterinarians now offers a turn up and go service but clients need to use the sanitiser provided and wear a face covering. Humans, that is, not necessarily the animals. The lending library reopens on an order-and-collect basis. You cannot enter the building to browse. Thursday June 18th Choo Choo completes its clear out of its store next to Exemewe Hall. Better news, though, is that its two remaining shops are being painted up. A number of other buildings are also being similarly treated, taking advantage of lockdown. Monday June 22nd It is a season ago since all shops could open. At lockdown, sunset in Rhuthun/Ruthin is 6.32p.m. Today, lockdown’s eased and the sunset is 9.21p.m. with twilight at 10.07p.m. After a flurry of activity during the preceding week, we see a significant number of non-essential shops back in business from today, but not all. Reduced hours seem to be the norm. Yet, it was shopping but not as we know it. Screens, masks, face guards, instructions, distancing... it is hardly the most pleasant experience. It feels very foreign and results in shopping no longer for leisure but for necessity. At least there was little queuing, thanks to the small number of people out and about (the usual queue for the Post Office excepted). The weeks ahead continue to be characterised by few shoppers about, though. All estate agents are reopened but Beresford Adams closes again on August 7th, leaving Ruthin for good. Monday June 29th Ysgol Brynhyfryd and the district’s primary schools reopen, albeit for fewer pupils. Attendance is not compulsory. Most get a day per week of education in the remaining three weeks of term. Sunday July 5th The final clap for carers tonight draws a poorer response. Clap for carers began on March 26th and lasted till May 28th, inclusive. And today, though not so much round here, it seems. Monday July 6th Loggerheads and Moel Famau Country Park reopens to the public. Sunday July 12th There’s a noticeable increase in the amount of Saturday night litter on the Square. In spite of no pubs open, takeaways trade till late. Even the council street cleaner remarks on the increased volume. Monday July 13th Cafés and pubs may open if serving outdoors. Within a couple of days, Bar Llaeth expands onto the Square. Later this week, the Park Place and the Boar’s Head both open in their beer gardens, followed by the Wine Vaults. With the salon only finished on Saturday, today is the first day for Hair by Tracey in the former Nail Bar unit, Well Street. Indeed, hair salon and barbers are now able to open. Business is brisk but for appointments only. A couple of them close well after 6p.m. A small number elect, however, to open mid-week and on 14th one still has a paying customer at 8.15p.m. Sunday July 19th St Peter’s holds its first ‘proper’ church service since lockdown. Monday July 20th Official start of the summer school holidays brings an increasing number of visitors to town. Observations suggest that tourists markedly outnumber locals. Play areas reopen. Today is the first available day for the refurbished-in-May site at Maes Hafod. Curiously, the playground, skateboard park and aerial ropeway at Cae Ddol opens on 21st—and is instantly abuzz with parents and children. Wednesday July 22nd Today, Mococo is completely cleared out. We later learn that the shop is to remain closed and the transformation to Clogau soon begins. Friday July 24th Loggerheads’ café and information centre restarts, to complement the reopening of the site for visitors 18 days earlier. Monday July 27th Beauty salon are now able to reopen and all three of our remaining practices did so. House hunters are permitted to look round occupied homes. Estate agents remain open.
Archive from 2013 Historic Interest