Netherby Pharmacy’s Grant Hastie encourages people to phone the chemist rather than visit.

Out and about in urban Ashburton day two of the Covid-19 lockdown is like an early Sunday morning.

There are pockets of people about, families and individuals walking with or without dogs, or individuals out for a run. Playgrounds are empty – as they should be.

There are quite a few people in need of essential items, with supermarkets and dairies  most frequented;petrol stations are like ghost stations.

At casual glance it was like BP was closed but, as with other stations, they have opted for a contactless system with closed building, and the use of a window teller.

Netherby Pharmacy owner/pharmacist Grant Hastie said staff had been busy in the lead-up to the lockdown with customers lined up in an orderly manner at the door as they waited to fill prescriptions or get medications.

However since lockdown at midnight Wednesday things had settled down at front of house, however staff were still busy behind the scenes.

During opening hours the front of the shop is blocked to entry and customers encouraged to stop and wait.

It was a one in, one out policy.

And people were not to enter if they had cold symptoms.

Staff at the pharmacy, which is open five days a week, were encouraging people to phone ahead for their prescriptions and they could be delivered, which was the preferred option.

He said as of today the pharmacy had Civil Defence support to meet needs if required.

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