Queues have formed at stores across England as thousands of non-essential shops pulled up their shutters for the first time since March.
Customers are being encouraged to go out and spend but to “be sensible” in their approach, as the government seeks to begin reopening the economy “gradually and carefully”.
In a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus, many shops will bring in more spacious floor plans, only allow in a limited number of customers at once and have hand sanitiser stations.
Businesses have had to ensure they are “Covid-secure” according to government guidelines, and extra precautions they are taking may include deep cleaning stores and putting items that have been tried on or returned in quarantine.
Long lines were seen at Primark stores across the country, with dozens of keen shoppers waiting outside branches of the budget clothes store in Birmingham, Derby, Liverpool and Nottingham.
In This Story: Lockdown
During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.