Public reacts to shops re-opening: 'Nobody cares about social distancing once they're in the store'
Stores across England were reopened today after almost three months of closure due to the Corona virus being blocked.
When people go back to the shops after the break, photos of a chaotic-looking Oxford Street in London have appeared on social media, where the rules of social distance seem to have disappeared from the window.
But how was shopping really? Is this snapshot of one of the UK's busiest shopping streets a real look at the reality of shopping?
When the public goes onto the main streets for the first time since March 23, they offer an insight into what we can expect with the new restrictions.
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Nike Town on Oxford Street this morning ...
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Grace Austin, who was working in a department store for the first time today, said after the first rush this morning: "Everything has calmed down."
"There were no queues outside, but the men's department was particularly busy. Many stores currently have sales to get people back into stores, and our sale of men's clothing was particularly good," said Austin.
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Shops across England will reopen after the block. (Getty Images)
Although many people report lack of social distance in some of England's busier cities, the main roads generally seem to have a calmer approach to reopening.
"Everyone stays 2 meters apart and we have a one-way street around the store," she continues, although admittedly there is a mix of people wearing face masks and not.
One thing the beauty concession manager noticed, however, was that people were annoyed that they couldn't try to touch the products.
"Usually, people can try out the testers and spray the perfume, but that's obviously not possible at the moment. People were frustrated that they couldn't shop like they did before the corona virus."
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Similar to the supermarkets during the closure, the "morning rush" seems to be an issue wherever you want to shop today.
"I wanted to go to Primark today, but I was scared of the scenes I saw on Oxford Street," said Jorgie Aldrin.
“I got there around 11:30 am and was pleasantly surprised. There were three people in front of me. However, they said the queues were much earlier in the morning. My tip for people who want to go shopping this week is to avoid the morning rush. "
"Nobody cares about social distancing once they are in the store," admits Aldrin.
“It was the same in every shop I went to. Aside from the cash registers, there is no attempt by the public to distance themselves socially. "
Before you join the "Primark Queue Slagathon", please remember:
a) Some people cannot shop online because they do not have a credit / debit card
b) Money is currently scarce for many, so Primark is an affordable option
c) Many buy clothes for their children that have grown out of everything.
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Some people went to Twitter to defend the queues and explained that many of the queues were there to buy clothes for their children that grew out of everything during the three months of closure.
This was the case for Georgia Johnson, who had to go to the shops after birth to buy summer clothes that matched her.
"I was really impressed with the stores and thought Primark was one of the best organized stores in town," she said, speaking about her hometown of Chelmsford, Essex.
“I waited ten minutes to get into the shops and that was at 8:30 a.m. There were longer queues in some of the larger stores, but this is due to restrictions rather than the number of people there. "
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The general consensus? Head to a quieter main street across the larger, well-known shopping districts for a more relaxed experience.
If you have no choice but to go to Oxford Street, early arrival is not advisable. People report on social media that the queues have calmed down during the day.
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Coronavirus: faceguard compulsory for public transportation in England
As of June 15th, facewear will be compulsory for most public transportation in England. Buses, trains and trams are narrow spaces in which social distance is almost impossible. Face coverings can therefore act as an effective barrier against the infected droplets that are expelled when a coronavirus patient coughs or sneezes. It is also unclear how many people carry the infection without symptoms but are still able to pass it on. Forcing face coverings can help prevent asymptomatic carriers from accidentally transmitting the virus. Exempted passengers include children, people with disabilities or breathing difficulties, and people who rely on lip reading. The same rule does not apply in the rest of the UK. Officials in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland encourage passengers to wear a mask or cover, but this is not mandatory.
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