More Dunmow places reopening today prompt record number of shoppers
- Credit: Andra Maciuca
Great Dunmow’s town centre came back to life today after three months of lockdown, during which shops were forced to close to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
As more shops opened today (Monday, June 15), a record number of people could be seen on Great Dunmow’s High Street.
Signs to prevent the spread of the coronavirus were placed on the High Street as well as in shop windows.
Some advised people to keep a safe distance from each other of at least two metres, while others mentioned hygiene rules such as avoiding touching products.
One shop, Out There Sports, announced through a window poster that it does not believe it is safe for it to reopen just yet - scheduling its reopening for July 1.
It was a sunny day, but many still wore protective masks and gloves.
An RSPCA volunteer, who was wearing an animal print mask, said: “You can’t see it, but I am smiling.”
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Great Dunmow’s town mayor Michael Coleman said: “It was busier than normal for a Monday. The town was quite busy and bustling this morning, and did have a good feel about it.
“There were people queueing this morning at most of the shops. The Post Office was doing well and Dorringtons had a queue.
“The town council had markings in place and advised people, and there is a special Dunmow poster in all windows.
“This is going to build up between now and the middle of July, when we hope places like coffee shops and bars will be open. No one enjoys shopping unless they can have a cofee and a piece of cake! This is the start of the ‘Great Dunmow back to business’ campaign.”