As it happened: Lancashire's high streets welcome back shoppers as hundreds of stores reopen
Shopping centres and non-essential shops across Lancashire are opened their doors for the first time since lockdown began on Monday (June 15).
This was our coverage from across Lancashire's high streets on the first day of trading for many businesses since the end of March.
As it happened: Lancashire's non-essential shops welcome back customers as stores reopen across Lancashire
Last updated: Monday, 15 June, 2020, 13:19
- Non-essential shops set to reopen across the region
- Safety measure in place in shopping centres and stores
- Disinfectant unit cleans the streets of Preston
Preston is ready for business
Preston's Market Traders are excited to be back!
This is everything you need to know about Fishergate Shopping Centre reopening today
The centre has been working hard to ensure the safety of shoppers, and staff, with clear and simple safe distancing guidelines, queueing systems and deep cleaning introduced along with a number of other safety measures - these are all the safety measure and changes to expect
We visited Novello clothing ahead of today's reopening to have a look around
The team at Novello in Preston are excited to welcome customers back to a safe shopping environment today, as the city prepares to reopen its high street following 12 weeks of lockdown - take a look inside here
Last minute preparations ahead of this morning's big reopening
Queues are already starting to build at Fishergate Shopping Centre
Deep clean for Preston city centre as high street welcomes back shoppers today
Preston city centre has been thoroughly disinfected ahead of the reopening of its high street shops today (June 15).
Cleaners took to Fishergate and Lune Street to spray wash pavements, benches, bus shelters, bollards and other street furniture on Sunday evening.
It is part of a new weekly disinfecting programme, as the city strives to provide a safe shopping environment as dozens of non-essential stores re-open today
The deep clean, funded by Preston BID (Business Improvement District), is one of a number of measures taken by the city to reassure shoppers.
Visitors to the city centre will also be able to pick up a free face covering at a number of pop-up stalls along the high street. Thousands are expected to be handed out by volunteers, with face coverings now compulsory on public transport from today.
Shoppers will also benefit from a number of new hand-sanitising banks, in addition to those already in place at the former BHS store in Fishergate and outside Evoque nightclub in Church Street.
For more on the measures being taken to ensure a safe shopping experience in Preston, you can read our full report here.
Primark is proving to be popular among shoppers across Lancashire this morning - these are the queues this morning in Burnley
This is why Lune Street, Winckley Street, Cannon Street and Fox Street will be closed in Preston today
A number of city centre roads will be closed to motorists from today to allow more space for shoppers as the city strives to maintain social distancing.
The closure of city centre side roads at their junctions with Fishergate came into force ahead of the reopening of non-essential shops this morning (Monday, June 15).
The plans are part of a package of measures to help ensure that social distancing is maintained, as more people start to return to the city’s streets.
Lune Street, Winckley Street, Cannon Street and Fox Street will be shut to vehicles where they meet Fishergate in order to create more room for pedestrians at what could otherwise become 'pinch-points'.
Diversions were put in place on Sunday afternoon, along with advance notice for drivers on the approach to the closures.
Motorists travelling across Preston during trading hours are encouraged to avoid using Fishergate as a through-route and instead use alternatives such as Ring Way.
You can find more information on the road closures and diversions, as well as info on new cycle lanes and changes to parking here.
Don't forget, you can collect a free face mask from the Preston BID team today
Thousands of face coverings will be handed out free of charge to shoppers in Preston all this week - read more