Headington: Coronavirus information

Last updated on 29 September, 2020 1:40 PM

Please email any changes or additional information you notice: it is difficult keeping up!

Note that Coronavirus testing is no longer available at the Thornhill Park & Ride

Information about the Virtual Town Hall event on Monday 28 September 2020
about COVID-safety plans in place around the return of students

Changes since 4 July 2020


Since 24 September 2020 pubs and restaurants in England have had to close at 10pm

Beware of revised opening hours of supermarkets (see under Food Shops below).

The following were allowed to open from 4 July

  • 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

The following were allowed to open from 13 July:

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

The following were allowed to open from 25 July:

  • Indoor gyms, swimming pools, and sports facilities.
    Anytime Fitness gym
    opened on Monday 27 July

Rubbish collection and waste/recycling centres

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

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

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

Headington shops and businesses

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

Food shops

Some of the supermarkets in central Headington have different hours:

  • 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, while Sundays remains 10am–2pm. Note that the first hour each day is dedicated to older/vulnerable people, and the last to NHS workers
  • Waitrose has reduced its hours to 8am to 7pm, Mon–Sat (10am to 4pm as before on Sunday). It only admits people via the entrance by the door near the car park now, and is only allowing 45 people in at a time, so there can be aqueue.
    There are no longer special shopping hours for the elderly and vulnerable

Since 27 July 2020 Blanchford'shas been operating as normal, but with social distancing. Up-to-date information on their Facebook page

Headington Heating & Plumbing Supplies, 57 Lime Walk

Reopened on Monday 20 April 2020 and hours now increased to Mon–Fri 8am to 5pm and Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm

Shops and businesses that will not be reopening
  • Oxford Vapours, London Road
  • Oxford Wills and Probate, Windmill Road
  • Jacobs & Field in Old High Street appears to be closed.

Headington takeaways (some now preorder and collect; some delivery only)

When restaurants and cafés were forced to close, they were allowed to continue as takeaways (with no need to apply for planning permission for takeaway status if they didn't have it: they only had to tell the city council what they were 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

Open for takeaway:

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): Takeaways 5–9pm (with pre-orders taken from 3pm). Details on this menu
  • 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
  • Mojo's: open for takeaways
  • Monsoon Oxford (Quarry): Order here
  • New Ground Coffee: open weekdays, 8am to 2pm, card payment only. Updates on their Facebook page
  • Posh Fish: click & collect best, but possible to order at shop
  • Reina Grill: open for takeaway or home delivery: details

Order via Deliveroo:

Order via JustEat:

Order via Food Hub:

Headington doctors' surgeries


Face coverings are compulsory. Both local bus companies have reduced their services: see the new timetables:

The Oxford Tube service to London resumed on 6 July 2020: new timetable

Help at the Oxford level

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


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


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