Image above – Chiswick House Gardens, photograph by Anna Kunst
Phase one of the lockdown is coming to an end. We will find out properly on Sunday what the Prime Minister has in mind, but already it’s been widely reported that people will be able to move more freely, have picnics in the park and so on.
Whatever Boris says on Sunday, it is not expected that the economy will just snap back to normal. More than six million jobs have been furloughed, according to HMRC, all non-essential shops have been closed since 26 March, and our concept of normality is being redefined as people have begun to realise the enormity of dealing with this virus.
Images above: Dominic Hughes, owner of Pot Pourri; Stephen Foster, owner of Foster Books; Leona & Mark Janson-Smith, owners of PostMark
The Chiswick Calendar has been talking to people in Chiswick about how they are adjusting their expectations.
Traders are adapting their way of operating in acknowledgement that fewer people are going to want to do face to face shopping even when the shops are reopened, having been frightened into staying at home for five weeks.
So far we’ve spoken to food businesses who have introduced deliveries and click and collect services. Last week I spoke to florist Dominic Hughes about how Pot Pourri has fared, Les Magiera of Autocheck Chiswick and John Fitgerald, busy refitting Snappy Snaps with individual perspex booths to enable social distancing when they reopen.
Image of Chiswick House – Photograph by Anna Kunst
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