London’s non-essential outlets, hairdressers, gyms and salons opened their doorways for the primary time in additional than three months this morning.
Hundreds of keen clients braved the snow and sleet as they descended on Westfield in Newham, with lengthy queues exterior branches of TK Maxx and Primark.
“We proceed to run one-way techniques, heightened hygiene strategies and obligatory mask-wearing to guarantee a protected place for guests and staff,” a Westfield spokesperson mentioned.
The impartial boutiques in Old Spitalfields Market additionally reopened their doorways selling a “store native” message.
Market stalls on the web site will begin buying and selling once more tomorrow.
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“Our retail outlets are again and we couldn’t be extra delighted,” an Old Spitalfields spokesperson mentioned.
“Come and say ‘hello’, present your assist and store native.”
Beauty companies mentioned appointments had been flooding in since Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed they might reopen final week.
Some salons mentioned that they had expanded opening hours and had labored flat out to get their companies prepared for the rush.
Treatwell, a hair and magnificence reserving web site, mentioned its surveys had proven greater than half of UK shoppers deliberate to return to a salon instantly or inside a number of days of reopening.