Going Shopping Again after many months in lockdown is both exciting and scary. I’ve decided to share my views on the shopping trip to Cheshire Oaks from yesterday. The non-essential shops have opened in England from 12th April and I’ve been to a few shops, in quieter areas and not at peak times. I haven’t been to a mall for months, my husband suggested we should go and we went. I thought it will be very busy and I was concerned that people will not be careful. While I was very right about the first thing, it was very busy, I was very wrong about the second issue, most people were careful.
Cheshire Oaks was busy, the parking lot was nearly full, but it is such a big place that it didn’t feel as busy as it could have been. If you see on the picture on the left, it looks like very few people were there, it is a bit misleading, as I’ve waited for a gap in the crowd to take the picture.
As it is outside, it’s safer because it is well ventilated. What I was very pleasantly surprised about was that most people, about 80%, had their masks on outside. In England we’ve never had the requirement to wear masks outside, it is something that doctors said we can and should do, but it was not mandatory. People kept their distance where possible, outside and inside the shops too.
Most shops and all busy shops had someone managing the flow of people coming in. As you can see in the right-top picture, I’ve discovered that my boots matched the colour of the waiting spots outside the shops, how funny is that. In the shops there were hand sanitising stations at the entrance.
We didn’t have anything to eat, but we had some coffee and the food court was very well thought of, with plenty of space between tables, some were covered, people were queueing properly. It was very nice.
I felt very relaxed and browsed through many shops. I looked at pots and crockery, clothes, especially jackets, as I need a thin one for spring. Luckily I found the perfect one and got it. It’s a gorgeous light grey jacket and I’m very pleased with it. On top of that, we bought some tea and coffee. The “Coffees of the world” I got has 9 types of coffee, many of them single origin. I will do a coffee-tasting soon. The tea pack has 8 different flavours, so a tea-tasting session should be on the cards too.
Overall shopping felt safe and really enjoyable. From next week more restrictions will be lifted in England and we will be able to visit museums and have a meal in a restaurant, not only outdoors. It should be confirmed later today. I am very happy that we are in a point where we can safely do that. I am also very happy that most people were considerate and decided to wear masks outside, that they made sure enough space was kept from others when possible.
Are you looking forward for more restrictions to be lifted? What’s the situation where you live?