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Huge queues at Preston’s Primark and Fishergate Shopping Centre

Written by on June 15, 2020

There are huge queues in Preston today following the reopening of ‘non-essential’ stores under fresh lockdown rules.

As of this morning (May 15), non-essential shops – such as clothing stores and electronic retailers – have been allowed to open for the first time since March 23.

And in Preston, there have been huge queues to enter Primark and the Fishergate Shopping Centre.

Images of the queues were caught by Prestonian Nas Ali-Hussain.

Nas said the queues were that long they went down Fishergate and on to the adjoining Butler Street down past The Station pub.

Queues were also seen at fabric shop Abakhan off Ring Way.

To mark the return of the high street, shoppers in Preston have been able to access tens of thousands of free face masks, courtesy of Preston BID.

A number of mask stations, as well as hand sanitiser pumps, have been set up to mark the day and to encourage more people to support local businesses.

Today, masks will be able to be collected from the Flag Market. From then onwards, collection points will remain at the Flag Market.

But masks will also be able to be collected at the top of Cannon Street, near to Costa and JD Sports on Fishergate.

Queues at Abakhan in Preston

Mark Whittle, manager at Preston BID, told LancsLive: “One of the things that we’re rightly hearing from customers across the country is that they want to see safety and protection measures in place in town and city centres.

“The BID wants to see the city centre re-open effectively, and safely, so anybody visiting can pop and see us to grab a free face covering and to sanitise their hands before making their way to the stores.”

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