Queues for the reopening of stores in England

London (AFP) - Long queues formed on Monday in front of stores in England, authorized to reopen during a new stage of deconfinement in the United Kingdom crucial for its economy, hard hit by the pandemic of the new coronavirus.

Coming to buy sneakers at the famous Selfridges department store in central London, Precious, an 18-year-old student, said she was "glad to be able to shop again after all this time".

Only stores deemed "essential" such as food shops and pharmacies remained open during the lockdown, decreed at the end of March to fight the pandemic.In total, nearly 42,000 people tested positive for the virus have died in the country, a record which exceeds 50,000 people if we include deaths for which the virus is the suspected cause.

Seeing a drop in the number of deaths and hospitalizations, the government began to relax restrictions in England, and in early June authorized the partial reopening of schools as well as outdoor markets and car dealerships.

While awaiting Wednesday the eagerly awaited resumption of the Premier league of football, it is all the businesses "non-essential", selling clothing, books or electronic products which could reopen Monday.

In London, Mark Tate, 48-year-old real estate developer, said he was confident.He stood in line for an hour and a half to do his shopping.He explained that he had made purchases online but "I am always disappointed, it never suits me ".

The wearing of masks becomes compulsory in transport but not in stores.However, businesses have had to put in place measures to ensure the safety of employees and customers, such as limiting the number of customers inside stores, and floor markings to encourage them to keep their distance.

Posted Date: 2020-08-23

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