Huge queue forms outside Meadowhall Primark as non-essential stores reopen in Sheffield
Pubs, beer gardens and salons reopen in Sheffield from today as the second stage in Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown gets under way.
Non-essential shops have also been given the green light to reopen and many stores have announced extended opening hours to mark their return.
Primark is one of the stores that will be opening for longer and shoppers have been particularly keen to make up for lost time.
Pictures posted on Twitter have shown huge queues in Meadowhall as shoppers patiently wait to get their retail fix.
Footasylum, JD Sports, New Look and TK Maxx will also be joining Primark in opening for longer.
Meadowhall has issued a number of rules for shoppers returning today in a bid to make sure they are reopening safely and stop the virus from spreading.
They said they are carefully managing visitor numbers to allow everyone maintain social distancing.
During peak hours, visitors maybe be asked to queue considerately in a designated area outside and may also temporarily close the car parks.
Boris Johnson has urged the nation to “behave responsibly” when pub gardens reopen and restaurants resume outdoor dining in a major easing of England’s coronavirus lockdown.
The Prime Minister urged caution during the “major step forward” as a scientist advising the Government warned the rules must be followed to minimise a possible rebound in case numbers.
“I’m sure it will be a huge relief for those business owners who have been closed for so long, and for everyone else it’s a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed,” Mr Johnson said.
“I urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ to suppress Covid as we push on with our vaccination programme.”
The next significant date is May 17, when socialising indoors will be permitted under the “rule of six” – if the Prime Minister judges that the vaccination programme is safely breaking the link between infections and deaths.
After three months of full national lockdown, the Government said on Sunday that a further seven people had died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test. Another 1,730 lab-confirmed cases were also announced.