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).

Monday, 15th June 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 9:08 am

This was our coverage from across Lancashire's high streets on the first day of trading for many businesses since the end of March.

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Lancashire's high streets welcome back shoppers as hundreds of stores reopen

As it happened: Lancashire's non-essential shops welcome back customers as stores reopen across Lancashire

Last updated: Monday, 15 June, 2020, 19:43

  • 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

Lots of smiling faces this morning as shops reopen

Junior Miss Preston Kacey O’Neill with her shopping

These are the scenes in Blackpool this morning as stores welcome shoppers back to the high street

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There is plenty of support on social media for local shops and businesses re-opening today with new measures in place - including the coffee shops

Preston Bus warns passengers of longer waiting times as services drastically reduce capacity

Bus passengers in Preston are being warned of longer waiting times at bus stops due to limited capacity on its services.

Preston Bus has drastically reduced capacity on its 26 services around the city to help passengers follow social distancing guidelines.

Because buses will be running at limited 'social distancing' capacity, services might not stop for people waiting at bus stops, even if they appear half-empty.

With non-essential shops reopening from today (June 15) and high streets bracing for a rush of visitors, bus services are expected to be in high demand.

It said some passengers might have to wait a bit longer to board another service, particularly on popular routes to and from the city centre.

A spokesman for Preston Bus said: "With more people allowed to return to work and retailers opening, due to social distancing we are limiting the capacity on our buses.

"This means you may not be able to board the first service. Please plan ahead and allow extra time."

From today, it is compulsory for all passengers to wear face coverings and those without one might be told they are cannot board the bus.

More on the measures in place on Preston’s buses can be found here.

Customers queue to hit the shops in Preston on the first day of business for three months

That was the resounding call from Lancashire's high streets and retail parks this morning as the coronavirus lockdown was finally lifted for all shops in England after an unprecedented three-month closure.

Long queues formed outside stores like Primark and Sports Direct in Preston as pent-up shoppers went in search of their first taste of retail therapy since March 23 - Full story

These are the shops that have reopened in the St George's Shopping Centre in Preston

Shops across Preston have reopened after lockdown, and customers have been queuing outside the city's shops.

During the coronavirus pandemic the St George's Shopping Centre have stepped up measures to maintain hygiene by increasing the cleaning regime and ensuring regular cleaning of touch points such as door handles and hard surfaces.

Staff at Tiger in the St George's Shopping Centre, Preston, today

This is the scene at Sports Direct in Deepdale as it offers 50% off everything to NHS staff

Huge queues have formed outside Sports Direct stores in Preston today after the retailer reopened after nearly three months of lockdown.

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Today's queues outside Sports Direct at Deepdale Retail Park in Preston, as shops are allowed to open again after the coronavirus lockdown.

Folk head back into Chorley town centre as non-essential shops reopen

It was business - but not quite as usual - for Chorley town centre shopkeepers today.

There was mixed reaction from retailers and traders as the country's non-essential shops were given the go ahead by the Government to reopen from this morning.

Some reported a busy relaunch while others said it had been quiet.

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Screens between the gaming machines in Labrokes in Chorley

Here’s what high streets looked like as shops across England reopened - from Primark to John Lewis

Department and high street stores were allowed to reopen for the first time in almost three months, with social distancing measures in place. 

Shoppers were seen queuing to enter retailers across the country, including tightly-packed crowds outside the Nike Town store on Oxford Street in London, and thousands waiting outside Primark branches in various cities. 

Find out how shops looked across the UK on the day of reopening by clicking HERE

Huge queues form at a Primark store at the Rushden Lakes shopping complex in Northamptonshire as it reopened.
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