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Five-hour queues as Sports Direct reopened at Deepdale Retail Park

Written by on June 15, 2020

People were queuing for up to five hours to get into Sports Direct as non-essential stores reopened across Lancashire today (June 15).

The store, at Deepdale Retail Park in Preston, saw queues stretch the length of the car park, with those at the back near the former Toys ‘R’ Us unit being told the queue would take five hours to get to the front.

At the same time, large queues were seen outside Primark and other stores across Lancashire as people returned to town centres that have been mostly closed since March.

From today, shops across Lancashire and England have reopened under the next phase of relaxing lockdown rules.

Businesses deemed ‘non-essential’ under coronavirus rules – such as clothes sellers, book shops and electronic stores – are reopening their doors alongside the likes of phone shops, betting shops, and music retailers.

But to stay open all businesses have had to adhere to a number of new rules.

And anyone shopping in smaller shops where social distancing is going to be difficult has been told to wear a face covering to protect yourself and others around you, including staff.

Under new national lockdown rules, fitting rooms are closed.

Larger families are also not allowed in stores and contactless payments are being advised at all times.

Customers should use hand sanitiser upon entry of every shop they intend to vist.

They should also not touch items they don’t intend to buy.

Only one person per household will be allowed in a store a time unless you are a parent with a young child.

One-way systems should be in place as well as barriers where necessary, such as at till points as we have seen in supermarkets throughout the pandemic.