Primark shoppers queue overnight as stores reopen with new shopping rules

Primark has reopened 153 branches in England today as non-essential retailers get permission to open again. In order to get a first look at the stock, some shoppers have queued outside stores overnight.


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In March this year, the UK government asked all non-essential retailers to close as part of the coronavirus lockdown.

This meant high street stores were temporarily closed and Britons have had to look online to do any clothes shopping.

From today, however, all retailers have been allowed to open again with new social distancing measures put in place.

Eager shoppers reportedly queued outside stores for hours in order to bag a spot near the front.

In Birmingham, which is home to the largest Primark in the world, customers were queuing overnight.

By 6am this morning, there were said to be at least 20 people in line outside.

The number of customers increased to around 100 in the following hour.

The long queues meant the retailer opened 35 minutes early, letting customers enter at 7.25am instead of 8am as planned.

Large queues also formed outside stores this morning at other branches including in Rushden and Hull.

Primark in Liverpool also opened early, allowing shoppers in at 7am instead of 8am.

New shopping rules

While clothing shops have been allowed to reopen, the experience will be very different from three months ago.

New safety rules have been put in place in Primark branches to ensure social distancing measures are followed.


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These include floor markings on the floor to help customers keep a safe distance.

Hand sanitising stations have been placed at the entrance and tills are fitted with perspex screens.

The store will also be cleaned more regularly and there will be a limit on how many people can enter at one time.

Before opening, CEO of Primark Paul Marchant said: “We have really missed our customers and we are delighted to be back on 15 June and able to provide them with the quality, affordable products they love from Primark.

“While it might take a little longer to get into store, once inside, customers will find all their favourite Primark products and plenty of choice as usual.

“We have worked hard to make sure that clear signage and extra help will be there to guide them through the changes we have made to allow for social distancing.

“We are also asking customers to respect the measures we have put in place to help ensure shopping at Primark is an enjoyable, safe experience for everyone.”

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