Primark shoppers queue from 5am as 'Wild Wednesday' sees shops reopen in England

2 December 2020, 10:48 | Updated: 2 December 2020, 10:50

Many people queued outside shops in the early hours of this morning
Many people queued outside shops in the early hours of this morning. Picture: PA

People have been queuing outside high street stores in England as non-essential shops reopen again.

Today (2 December) sees the country adopt a Tiered system of lockdown restrictions, with all non-essential shops allowed to reopen again.

Read more: All the things you can now do in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 as lockdown is lifted in England

People in all Tiers (1, 2 and 3) will once again be able to go to shop on the high street, with retail businesses like Primark and TK Maxx reopening their doors.

Gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons are also able to start trading across the country today.

Taking advantage of the new rules, many shoppers headed down to the high street to queue outside from as early as 5am to ensure they were first through the doors.

Photos show people standing outside Primark this morning, eager to be first in line to bag a bargain.

Shoppers queue outside Primark in Newcastle this morning
Shoppers queue outside Primark in Newcastle this morning. Picture: PA
Shoppers leave Primark in Birmingham
Shoppers leave Primark in Birmingham. Picture: PA
Two people leaving Primark on Oxford Street, London
Two people leaving Primark on Oxford Street, London. Picture: PA

Many retail businesses have implemented measures to limit the amount of people allowed in shops, while ensuring to make them as Covid-safe as possible.

Read more: UK to be first country to get Covid vaccine from next week

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said, according to the Mirror: "Thousands of retailers are looking forward to welcoming back customers.

"Safety remains the biggest priority for retailers, who have spent hundreds of millions to make stores Covid-secure.

London's Selfridges attracted queues of people outside
London's Selfridges attracted queues of people outside. Picture: PA
There were also queues outside Debenhams, which announced yesterday that many stores are at risk of closure
There were also queues outside Debenhams, which announced yesterday that many stores are at risk of closure. Picture: PA

"With billions in sales lost during lockdown, stores are looking to offer a safe and enjoyable shopping experience to bring back customers.

"Christmas is around the corner so everyone has a reason to be visiting their local shops.

"Every purchase we make is a retailer helped, a job protected and a local community supported."

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