This is what customers thought about shopping in Sheffield under new rules after easing of lockdown

Shoppers returned to Sheffield city centre on Monday for the first time in 12 weeks, transforming streets like the Moor and Fargate into the bustling thoroughfares we know so well.

Monday, 15th June 2020, 2:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 12:13 pm

The Star spoke to shoppers about how they felt coming back for the first time since coronavirus turned out lives upsidedown.

Claire Tollerfield, from Meersbrook, said this was the first time she had been on the Moor since two weeks before lockdown.

She said: “I’m just trying to get a bit of normality back. I do a lot of sewing so I’ve got a few bits from Atkinsons and the Moor Market.

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Clockwise from top left: Claire Tollerfield, John Ward, Lee Bullivant and Georgia Lewis.

“Social distancing was just starting last time I was here but I thought it was too busy and just left. But today I feel quite safe. It is going to be as safe as we make it.

John Ward, from Handsworth, had just been to H+M for some pyjamas.

He said: “I never stopped coming to the city centre so my life didn’t really change too much apart from the shops being shut.

“They’ve put arrows pointing the way in and out but you are contending with the human race, aren’t you? I am cautious but it is very hard with some people.”

University of Sheffield student Georgia Lewis, from Derby, said she was keen to have a Frappuccino from Starbucks.

She said: “I have missed everything so much. When I went home to Derby I didn’t leave the house so it’s really nice to be able to do the things I want to again.

“I do most of my shopping online but I like coming to the city centre. Being among people again is quite stressful so I am trying to avoid them.”

And Lee Bullivant, from Hackenthorpe, said it was nice to see the city centre busy again.

He said: “I’ve been a doorman for 22 years so to see Sheffield so quiet has been very weird. I’m looking forward to all the clubs opening again.

“I think it will get busier than this over the next few weeks. People are just testing the waters at the moment and getting their confidence back.”