Headington: Coronavirus information

End of lockdown: Monday 19 July 2021

People now have individual responsibility for taking precautions


Face coverings are still advised. Timetables:


For numerous kind offers from all over the Headington area, it is worth joining NextDoor

Consider joining Facebook, as local businesses that are unable to get their websites
updated (or don't have them) are putting plenty of useful information there

Beware of scammers who offer to do your shopping: see this Thames Valley Police Alert

Headington shops and businesses that never reopened following the first lockdown
  • Oxford Vapours, London Road
  • Oxford Wills and Probate, Windmill Road
  • Jacobs & Field in Old High Street


Oxford University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust

See their notice on Coronavirus on their main page.

Do NOT go to their hospitals.

The coronavirus pod at the John Radcliffe Hospital (right) is just to isolate people who may mistakenly turn up at the hospital with suspected Covid-19


Timeline of lockdown in Headington, March–December 2020

The following has been retained as an historic record: see above for current details

23 March – 3 July 2020: First national lockdown

23 March 2020

First National Lockdown started

Schools, universities, and playgrounds closed down and a much narrower definition of essential businesses. The Black Boy in Headington rallied superbly and opened a temporary shop

4 July 2020

First relaxation of national restrictions

The following were allowed to open:

  • Restaurants, Pubs, and Hotels
  • Libraries (Headington Library in Bury Knowle Park opened on 27 July)
  • Community centres
  • Places of worship
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Social clubs
  • Hairdressers

13 July 2020

Second relaxation of national restrictions

The following were allowed to open:

  • Beauty salons, nail bars, massage parlours, tattoo parlours

25 July 2020

Third relaxation of national restrictions

The following were allowed to open:

  • Indoor gyms, swimming pools, and sports facilities.

24 September 2020 – 5 January 2021: Second national lockdown, partial with tiers

24 September 2020

First tightening of national restrictions

Pubs and restaurants in England had to close at 10pm

31 October–4 November 2020

First local lockdown

The City of Oxford moved from the Medium to the High Covid-19 alert level. The rest of the county of Oxford was still on a Medium alert level, including some roads in the OX3 area just outside the city, such as The Ridings at the foot of Shotover

5 November–1 December 2020

New tier system

Oxford at basic Tier 1 level, with non-essential shops, churches, pubs, cafés/restaurants, libraries, hairdressers & beauty salons, and indoor and outdoor leisure facilites were closed. Most cafés/restaurants were still open for takeaways. This time schools, garden centres, estate & letting agents, recycling centres, and children's playgrounds were allowed to stay open. Details of this lockdown

Oxford businesses that were operating online in November 2020 lockdown: city council list

2–25 December 2020

Oxford city was in Tier 2: High Alert

26 December 2020Tuesday 5 January 2021

The whole of Oxfordshire was in Tier 4 (Stay at Home). People could not leave or be outside of the place they were living unless they had a reasonable excuse.They could not meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas and New Year period, unless they lived with them, or they were part of their support bubble. Outdoors, they could only meet one person from another household (but not in a private garden).

Since 6 January 2021: Third National lockdown

Start of third National Lockdown

Guidance     Advice for Students  Roadmap for easing of lockdown

Easing of lockdown on Monday 12 April 2021

Full details here

On 12 April 2021 libraries, community centres, non-essential retail shops (including hairdressers) and indoor facilities such as gyms reopened. Hotels remained closed.

Hospitality venues were allowed to open for outdoor sevice only

Most non-essential shops reopened.

Full details here

Further easing of lockdown on Monday 17 May 2021

Here are some of the main changes:

  • Indoor gym classes now allowed.
  • Hotels can open.
  • Higher education students will have in-person teaching
  • Indoor entertainment and outdoor events allowed.
  • Gathering limits eased: 30 outdoors and six (or two households) indoors
  • Travelling abroad allowed (with traffic-light system)

© Stephanie Jenkins


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