Part 6: October & November 2020
March 2020 | April 2020
One Ruthin pub is forced to display an improvement notice under coronavirus health protection regs.
Denbighshire enters a more restrictive local health protection zone.
The Lord’s Garden opens free of charge for local residents.
Work begins on pedestrian priority one-way traffic systems along Market
& Well Streets. This takes three weeks and at its conclusion also sees
some additional dropped kerbs to help disabled people.
From 6 p.m. we enter the lockdown 2 ‘fire-break’, where non-essential services are required to close
for just over two weeks. Tesco and Co-op prevent the sale of non-essential goods but, strangely, B &
M does not. There ensues a destructive debate about what is and is not essential in supermarkets.
Unlike in March, fewer businesses put up posters but, like March, the town and car parks are
(mostly) deserted. The most intriguing posters are at Corbett’s, which declares the closure is
because of (English) tier three guidelines and The Children’s Society, which is operating to English
The lending library poster reassuringly advises us, ‘Please don’t worry about fines’.
Lockdown prevents hallowe’en high jinks this year in a very subdued affair.
Bus service X1 Ruthin to Chester terminates at Broughton Retail Park for the duration of the English
The public is asked to keep away from the town’s remembrance day service. Only specific invitees
are allowed. A maximum of 123 people view online.
Nation exits from lockdown 2. Shop doors open and windows again blossom. The Lord’s Garden
opens free of charge on Mondays. The following day, for one day only, a number of town centre
shops offer 10 per cent off.
First Saturday after lockdown sees alcohol-related disturbances in the town centre after the 10 p.m.
closing time and police introduce a dispersal order.
A walk-in covid-19 testing
station appears for one
day in Crispin Yard before
‘outrage’ sees it move for
three weeks to County
Hall. Available daily.
Two days later, it warns of
restrictions to come.
Ysgol Brynhyfryd shuts for two days because of a symptomatic cleaner. The school reopens on
November 30th following a negative result.
At the same time, some year groups at Borthyn and Rhos Street begin self-isolation and the Royal
Mail delivery office suffers disruption to mail distribution, owing to a positive case.
Council tweaks the Market Street active travel scheme.
Pubs & restaurants are not permitted to admit patrons after 6 p.m. and cannot sell sell alcohol at all
indoors. Those with an off licence may sell alcohol up to 10 p.m. for consumption off the premises.