THERE were reports of heavy traffic going into Ballymena town centre on Friday morning in what was described as the “pre-lockdown rush”.
There were queues of cars on one of the main routes into the town centre – Broughshane Street – where Eugene Diamond has a newsagents shop
He posted a video on social media of the scenes and said: “I would say the pre-lockdown rush is well and truly on this morning.
“Traffic levels have been higher than I’ve seen since at least Christmas”.
I would say the pre lockdown rush is well and truly on this morning here in Ballymena……Traffic levels have been higher than I’ve seen since at least Christmas…..#CovidIsAbout #WearAMask #SocialDistance pic.twitter.com/pys3Kfg5o0
— Eugene Diamond (@EDiamond136) November 20, 2020
The reports of increased traffic followed a Stormont announcement on Thursday night that an enhanced covid lockdown is being introduced for two weeks from next Friday, November 27.
Shops described as ‘non-essential’ will close during that period.
With some people fearing the lockdown could continue beyond the proposed relaxation date of December 11 it seems many people are keen to get into the town to get their Christmas shopping done.
However, others are urging caution and believe there will still be opportunities after December 11 to get Christmas shopping.