Headington: Coronavirus information

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Last updated on 27 May, 2020 10:26 AM

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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.

Collection of brown garden waste bins has resumed (but brown bins now go out with rubbish (green-coloured) bins

Waste/recycling centres reopened on Monday 18 May 2020 with reduced hours,
but only for waste that cannot be stored safely at home: details

Bulky waste collection resumed on Tuesday 26 May 2020

Sign up here for Phase 2 of the trial of the Covid-19 vaccine developed in Headington – all ages this time:
Participate in the Oxford Vaccine Trial

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

Updates from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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

This information may not remain correct: changes are still taking place

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 from 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 open 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 has changed its hours to 8am to 7pm, Mon–Sat (as before on Sunday). It 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 8am to 9am, Mon–Sat: , and from 9.30 to 10.15 on Sundays

Blanchford's is now accepting phone & collect orders for retail as well as trade customers: payment by card only. Closed Saturdays. Up-to-date information on their Facebook page

Headington takeaways (preorder and collect; some delivery only)

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). The following takeaway/delivery options are currently available from Headington businesses.
Please check links to see which days they are open, and the hours
All are in the Headington District Shopping Centre unless otherwise indicated

Order directly:

  • ABC Restaurant: Delivery only: see its Facebook page for information. Also via JustEat
  • Asian Mama: order here for delivery only
  • Black Boy (Old Headington): telephone in your order from this menu and collect
  • Café Bonjour: operating as takeaway only at the shop: some information on their Facebook page
  • Coco Noir: Coffee. cakes, & gelato takeaway: see website
  • Domino's Pizza: delivery only, order online, no collection
  • Jacobs & Field: preorder and collect: details here. Delivery coming soon
  • New Ground Coffee: open weekdays, 8am to 2pm, card payment only. Updates on their Facebook page
  • Posh Fish (from Thursday 28 May): open 12 noon to 9.30pm, under new management, click & collect only
  • Reina Grill: open for takeaway or home delivery: details

Order via Deliveroo:

Order via JustEat:

Order via Food Hub:

Other delivery services

Non-food shops that are open
  • Boot's the Chemist
  • Coco Noir, London Road: Chocolates, + takeway coffee & gelato
  • Gardiner's Opticians, Osler Road
  • Headington Dry Cleaners and Alterations, London Road~
    Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm. Free dry cleaning service for  NHS staff and carers in uniform)
  • Headington Homewares, Windmill Road
  • Mailboxes, London Road (but no retail services)
  • Rowlands Pharmacy in Osler Road is open 10am–1pm and 2pm–5pm
  • Savers
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 flowers that are normally sold at Barclays Bank on Saturday morning are currently available at the Black Boy – a fresh pick every day that they are open. Cash payments in a jar inside the shop
  • 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


Headington Heating & Plumbing Supplies, 57 Lime Walk

Reopened on Monday 20 April 2020 with reduced hours: Monday to Friday, 8am–3pm: website

Funeral directors in Headington

See individual websites for arrangements:

Operating remotely
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 have reduced their services: 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
    New online ordering website
  • 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 is producing hand sanitiser (with 500 bottles 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

Headington Action has a comprehensive list of street groups in Headington here


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

© Stephanie Jenkins


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