LiveThe glorious 12th in Lancashire: Live updates as shops, gyms, pubs and restaurants reopen as lockdown continues to be relaxed

Today's the day when the country take its second step out of lockdown as the government continues to roll out its 'roadmap' plan.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 8:07 am
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 10:20 am

We'll be bringing you all the latest, as pubs, gyms, restaurants, outdoor attractions and shops across the county reopen their doors for the first time in more than 3 months.

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Live updates as lockdown restrictions are lifted across Lancashire

All the latest from across Lancashire as lockdown continues to be relaxed

Last updated: Monday, 12 April, 2021, 16:04

  • Scenes across the county as lockdown restrictions are eased
  • All the rules you need to know
  • Monday’s weather forecast

These were the scenes in Preston today as lockdown restrictions lifted

Our photographers were out and about in Preston to see how the day unfolded. Have a look at our picture gallery here

The beer tent at the Bob Inn , Chorley

Sally Baylis from the Dunkirk Hall, Leyland serves customers their first beers.

Queues have started to build outside Primark in Preston

Have you got your beer garden space booked?

You'll need to follow these Covid rules when pubs and restaurants reopen in England

People across England will be able to enjoy a cold pint for the first time since the lockdown was imposed on 12 April.

As part of step two of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, pubs, bars and restaurants will welcome customers back from Monday.

Hospitality venues will only be able to serve people outside for now, with customers able to have an alcoholic drink without ordering a substantial meal.

But there will be certain rules pub-goers have to follow as they visit their favourite watering holes, from mandatory check-ins to how many people can sit together.

The measures mirror the ones people had to adhere to after hospitality venues opened following the first national lockdown last year.

“I’ve missed shopping I really have. It’s been great just to set foot in a store. “

UCLan students Anna Varvedo and Grace Griffin were amongst the first shoppers in line outside Preston’s Primark store when it opened its doors at 8am.

Despite shopping online throughout the third lockdown, they were both delighted to get back into a store after more than three months.

“Online is fine, but you can’t see and feel the items before you buy,” said chemistry undergraduate Anna.

Grace, who is studying social work, added: “I’ve missed shopping I really have. It’s been great just to set foot in a store. “

Dave Gotto’s barbers in Fleetwood was packed this morning!

Finally preparations as the Fishergate Centre prepares to open this morning in Preston.

Primark in Preston opened its doors at 8am this morning, with one keen shopper arriving at 7am.

If you are heading out shopping today, then these are the rules you need to know about.

Shoppers will need to follow strict Covid rules when visiting stores in England when they reopen on 12 April.

After months of tight lockdown restrictions, non-essential retailers will open their doors to customers once again on Monday.

The measures mirror the ones consumers had to adhere to after shops opened following the first national lockdown last year.

Stall holders at Preston Market were up bright and early to set up today

How desperate are you for a hair cut?

Barber Ike Walmsley was out of the blocks as the clock turned midnight, opening up his shop for customers desperate for a haircut.

His Gentlemen's Lounge barbers in Towneley Road, Longridge, opened up as soon as April 12 began - the day all hairdressers and barbers across England were allowed to open.

And he was delighted to do so - even though they do not normally open on Mondays.

First customer was Cam Wilkinson, who was delighted to get his first post-lockdown trim!

Ike opened the shop in November 2015 when he was just 20.

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