Not those signs! But the ones you might have seen around town. As our lockdown eases I want to document the coronavirus related signs and notices before they slowly disappear from our streets and minds over the coming months.
One of the early outcomes of the school closures was the creation of rainbow artworks to spread messages of hope. Hand drawn pictures and coloured print outs went up in windows, chalk drawings appeared on pavings and some went further with paintings on walls and fences.
Some residents spent even more time on their crafting. This embroidered tapestry is on display in the front garden of a house in Great Western Park. It must have taken some time to complete!
Throughout Didcot town centre there are closure signs in shops and cafe windows. Messages vary. The Cutting Bar is keen to advise there are no GHD hair straighteners onsite. Boswells wants us to stay healthy. Whereas the library is happy to tell us we won’t incur fines for overdue books.
Some workplaces have remained open. For those who have returned to work, or never stopped, there are plenty of signs reminding us of the new social distancing rules. This building site on Great Western Park even has a QR code to scan for details.
The staff have been busy with the yellow hazard tape at Didcot railway station. Rolls of it festoon seats, ticket barriers and the ticket office area!
These stencilled signs appeared on the footpaths in local parks. I’m guessing the Council organised them, unless Banksy has moved to Didcot. They’re a little out of date now though…
Despite the parks now welcoming sunbathers and picnickers the playgrounds are still closed. The gym equipment at Edmonds Park has been covered in hazard tape recently, but appears to be in use today.
With time on our hands, and nowhere to go, lots of people have been sorting out wardrobes, lofts and garages. The recycling banks are closed but some people still insist on leaving items beside them.
Others have boxes outside their houses, with free books, clothes and children’s toys. Plant stalls are popular too, no doubt a reflection of the time we’ve spent in gardens recently.
You’ll have probably noticed how the cost of motoring has reduced during lockdown. I recently filled up for the first time in several weeks and cannot remember the last time petrol was £1 a litre. I wonder how long this will last, given that we’ve been told to get back in cars (or walk or cycle) rather than use public transport.
Parking costs have reduced too. The SODC car park by Wilkos is now free, at least for a few more days. I’m not sure whether the same applies in the Orchard Centre car park; do check before making an expensive mistake.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief journey around the lockdown signs in Didcot. Let me know if there are any others you’d include!