Headington: Coronavirus information

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Last updated on 3 April, 2020 8:27 PM

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All non-essential shops and businesses in Headington
(including hairdressers and estate agents) have been forced to close for an
indefinite period along with churches, community centres, pubs, bars, clubs,
restaurants, cafés, and gyms, libraries, and children's play areas in parks.
Both Headington opticians are now also closed

Collection of brown garden waste bins has come to a halt, and all waste/recycling centres are closed

For numerous kind offers from all over the Headington area,
it is well 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

The 2020 Headington Festival like all other public events has been CANCELLED

Headington Market has been suspended but you can order online from the stalls here

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

If you own a driveway or parking space near a hospital, you can help NHS workers
by letting them park free there via JustPark

Headington shops and businesses that are still open (some different hours)

Currently the situation is as follows, but the situation changes daily, so this information may not remain correct:

Banks and building societies

All Headington banks and building societies (including the ones previously closed) are now open, but watch out for restricted hours. For example:

NatWest is now only open from 10am to 1pm, Mon–Fri
Santander is now only open deom 10am to 2pm, Mon–Fri
The Coventry Building Society is open 9am–3pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat and 9.30am–3pm Wed.
The Skipton Building Society is 9.30am–3pm

Food shops

The following small food shops are still open:

Headington Butchers & Groceries
Headington Food and Wine
Holland & Barrett
Polish food shop
Thong Heng Chinese supermarket

The following supermarkets in central Headington are open:

Co-op: Open as usual. Special hour for elderly 9.30–10.30, Mon–Fri

Iceland has reduced its Monday to Saturday opening hours to 9am–6pm, and Sundays to 10am–2pm. Note that the first hour each day is dedicated to older/vulnerable people, and the last to NHS workers

Sainsbury's Local: Open as usual

Tesco's has changed its hours to 6am–10pm each day

Waitrose only admits people via the entrance by the door near the car park now, and is only letting a limited number of people in at a time, so there are queues. Some of the staff from the closed John Lewis are now working here, so it is well-staffed. It allows the elderly and vulnerable to shop from 7 to 8am, Mon–Sat: , and from 9.30 to 10.15 on Sundays


Although restaurants and cafes were forced to close, they are allowed to continue as takeaways (with no need to apply for planning permission for takeaway status if they don't have it: they only have to tell the city council what they are doing). Very few so far seem to have taken this opportunity, and the following seem to be the only takeaway options in Headington:

Asian Mama
Rio's Piri Piri
Kazan Japanese restaurant
Black Boy (5–9pm: see menu)

Essential non-food shops that are still open

Mailboxes (but no retail services)
Boot's the Chemist
Headington Dry Cleaners and Alterations (Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm, free dry cleaning service for
     NHS staff and carers in uniform)
Oxford Wills & Probate
Rowlands Pharmacy in Osler Road (open 10am–1pm and 2pm–5pm)

New shops and services

The Black Boy is keeping a community shop open on Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and offer a reservation service for NHS workers where they can collect after their shift

The Colonnade store at Oxford Brookes is still open even though the campus is closed. New opening times Mon–Fri 7.30am–8pm, Sat & Sun 10am–6pm. They have daily deliveries, but ring 01865 483169 if you want to know whether what you want is in stock


This is closed, but they will continue to deliver from their premises in Windmill Road to existing trade customers: details

Headington doctors' surgeries
  • The Manor Surgery has adopted a “telephone first” policy: details here
  • Hedena Health (Bury Knowle Health Centre, Barton Surgery, Wood Farm Health Centre, and at the JR) recommend that you dial 111 if you have Coronavirus symptoms. Patients are asked not to visit or telephone the surgery, but to e-consult. More information here.

Both local bus companies are reducing their service from Monday 23 March: see the new timetables:

Concessionary bus passes can now be used at any time on both Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach buses.

But if you are avoiding public transport and were thinking of buying a new bike, Walton Street Cycles will deliver one to you: see Oxford Mail

Online contact
  • The Director of Music at Headington School who is on maternity leave is producing a daily sing-along for anyone with small children or isolated here on YouTube

Help at the Oxford level

  • The Oxford Hub aims “to support vulnerable people by co-ordinating community champions to support vulnerable members of society with small acts of kindness as the public health situation develops”: follow @OxfordTogether on Twitter for updates
  • On Facebook, there is an Oxford Covid 19 Mutual Aid group
  • Oxford Freegle is also signing up volunteers
  • Royal Cars Oxford are providing online shop collections for those self-isolating in the Oxford area, and will not charge the over-65s for delivery: details
  • Lamb Catering (sister company of the Black Boy) will deliver fruit, veg, and dairy products to your door seven days a week Details on their Facebook page
  • Bonners in the Covered Market will deliver fruit & veg: details on their website

Help from Headington residents' associations, churches, and businesses

  • Headington Action: advice on their website
  • The Kennett Road dental practice will help out with food shopping, collecting prescriptions, and picking up essentials for those in self-isolation: tel. 01865 761965   Poster
  • The Oxford Artisan Distillery in Cheney Lane has waived its delivery charge on gin, and by next week will be producing hand sanitiser (with 500 bottles being donated to Oxford Social Services for locals at risk)
  • Highfield Residents' Association has set up a support group: details here (PDF)
  • Holy Trinity Church has set up up a befriending scheme for those who are isolated, and a team of volunteers for those who need essential items delivered to doorsteps: details at
  • The Barton Community is offering help via its Facebook page
  • St Andrew's Church is recruiting “parish angels”: see its Facebook page

Individual street help

The following streets have set up WhatsApp groups: Coppock Close, St Anne's Road, Sandfield Road, Stapleton Road, and Staunton Road. Kennett Road has set up a database of residents needing or offering help. Headington Action is acting as the point of contact.


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

© Stephanie Jenkins


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