Primark shoppers queue from 4am in pouring rain outside Scottish stores as shops reopen across the country


SHOPPERS queued from 4am outside Primark stores in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen today as non-essential shops reopened across Scotland.

Dozens braved heavy rain to wait patiently in line for hours as the country brought in phase two of lockdown, which means all retailers can begin trading again, two weeks after England brought in similar measures.

Video footage showed a long line of shoppers going down Argyle Street in Glasgow ahead of the shop opening at 8am.

There were similar scenes at Primark stores in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, as shoppers lined the streets before the retailer threw open its doors for the first time in more than three months.

Staff, who were dressed in PPE, stood on the door to welcome shoppers in and to explain about the new safety measures available inside.

Hundreds queued overnight to visit the stores when Primark was allowed to open its English branches earlier this month, having been closed across the UK since the end of March.

Primark has no online shop, so bargain hunters have been unable to get their fix of low-price clothing since the lockdown was announced.

But some people on social media questioned whether those in the queue on Monday morning really needed to be there.

One user said people “need to get a grip”, while another questioned whether people would behave safely once inside.

“If retailers want to open they should be forced to take some responsibility for what happens inside their store,” he wrote.

Primark has introduced a whole raft of safety measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in its stores.

For hygiene purposes hand sanitiser stations will be in place – with shoppers asked to clean their hands before entering the shop.

Primark stores will have floor signs reminding customers to follow two-metre social distancing rules.

The retailer intends to only use one out of every two tills, ensuring shoppers can keep a greater distance from each other.

Perspex screens will be installed to keep workers safe, with “queue marshals” for punters waiting to be served as well.Primark has also increased its contactless payment limit to £45, shoppers are still allowed to pay with cash if they want to.

Returned items will have to remain on a rail for 72 hours before they are allowed to be put back out onto the shop floor again.

But changing rooms are set to be closed in order to cut down on any virus risks.

There will be limited customer numbers allowed into stores, but this figure may vary depending on the branch.

Before Primark reopened any of its branches, we took a look around to see how the new measures would work.

Here are the nine rules shoppers have to follow now Primark has reopened.

More businesses will be able to reopen in England from Saturday, including hairdressers and pubs.
But there’s still a question mark over when gyms and swimming pools will be open again.


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