TWO days after the country was locked down to try and halt the spread of coronavirus, we take a look at what you can buy on Skipton high street.

Wednesday, one of the four market days, is generally busy with coach loads of sightseers and regular shoppers filling the pavements, particularly on such a bright, sunny day.

But the lockdown has effectively killed off all trade apart from a few shops which are allowed to remain open.

Just a handful of people were seen walking in the street and a few cars were coming and going on the setts.

So what can your hard-earned cash get you today in town?

You can buy a bike from Chevin Cycles and a pork pie - as well as meat - from Stanforth's Celebrated Pork Pie Establishment.

Moorey's Healthcare Store is currently open but will close on Friday due to a non-availability of stock.

Boots Chemist and Lloyds Pharmacy remain open for medicines and prescriptions while Craven Bakery's two shops are open, as is Thomas the Baker, and, not technically the high street, Walkers Bakery, which is just round the corner in Water Street.

Yorkshire Trading Company is open with a board outside advertising 'household essentials' and Bek's Electrical and Hardware was open for trade, though the latter said they were currently honouring orders and may close either later today or could try and carry on until Friday as footfall was understandably poor.

The Tool Box was open in Newmarket Street and the butchers' shops and bakery were open in Otley Street.

The post office, in Swadford Street, with adjoining Subway, was also open.

WHSmith was open, after being closed on Tuesday, although a sign on the door stated it was reviewing whether it would remain trading.

Despite being a market day and the law relaxed on stallholders being allowed to sell food, just one cheese stall and fishmonger were in attendance, and both were packed up and gone by 1pm.

David Craig, who runs the cheese stall said he was looking at standing on three of the market days - but not Mondays - but said trade was quiet.

"My problem is only 10 per cent of my trade is regular local custom. The rest is passing. At the moment there is no passing trade and local people are not likely to pay to park on the car park to come to me to buy cheese. I will have to see how it goes."

Last week the town council told market traders it was waiving the trader's fee, paid directly to the council, for two months, and promised to write to the businesses fronting the setts who the traders pay an additional rent to, to see if that can be relaxed for the food stalls.

According to the Gov.UK website, shops which are allowed to trade are food retailers, pharmacies, hardware stores, corner shops, petrol stations, shops in hospitals, post offices, banks, newsagents, laundrettes and pet shops.

Shops which have been told to close and deemed 'non-essential' are those selling clothes, books and electricals, hairdressers, bed and breakfasts and markets, whether they are indoors or outdoors. The exception to the latter are market stalls selling food.

While restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars have been ordered to shut, food deliveries and takeaways are still allowed.

The government has said that at the moment, people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services.

Cafes and canteens in hospitals, care homes and schools are allowed to stay open, as are canteens in prisons and military facilities and services that cater for the homeless.

Shops which open in defiance can be prosecuted by trading standards.

The government says it is reviewing the situation on a daily basis.