From Local resident: Humphrey Appleby.
I took a research trip this morning, around the town, St Annes, which I have shopped in most days for 20+ years, in order to write this article.
First stop the doctors, for my bi-annual blood test. Hardly anyone in at 10.30. The nurse reports that there are several cancellations per day, and lots of appointments available. Virus panic must be keeping people away.
Next, Sainsburys. The car park is about 50% used, but the disabled spaces are mostly empty. The shelves are as normal apart from the toilet rolls, Yorkshire tea bags! and of course hand sanitiser. Staff report shopper numbers have remained fairly constant throughout the virus panic. All good so far.
Into the square. It’s remarkably busy, shops and cafes appear to have the usual number of shoppers for a sunny March. So far, so good for the town. Home bargains toilet rolls are also decimated, they are busy. No filter cafe were busy, and with customers sitting outside too.
All the on street parking spaces are taken. The taxis seem to be moving off the rank regularly too.
On to Booths St Annes next. The car park was busy, the cafe was full for the hour I was there. The staff said last week was a bit quiet, but shopper numbers have picked up this week..
Lytham next. The town was busy with shoppers. All on street parking spaces taken, Pleasant St car park full.
All these signs are good for the local economy and local jobs.
People ARE still behaving normally, despite the media whipping up a virus pandemic frenzy.
Why do they do that? To make you click on the headline, to make you buy their paper or subscription, to sell news, which sells adverts, which allows them to sell news, which makes money and creates power for the owners.