Recap all the updates as shoppers faced huge queues at Primark, Nike and Debenhams non-essential shops, salons, barbers, pubs, restaurants and more reopen in Portsmouth
Businesses across Portsmouth reopened for the first time since December.
Non-essential retail, salons, pubs and restaurants opened up today across the city and in the surrounding town.
It was the latest stage in the easing of lockdown, following the reopening of schools and the return of outdoor socialising with the rule of six last month.
The businesses will be reopening in Portsmouth for the first time since mid-December, when the city was moved up to Tier Four restrictions in the run-up to Christmas.
Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers outdoors. Salons and hairdressers can also reopen.
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We will have reporters down at Commercial Road and Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, as well as in Gosport, Fareham and Havant this morning.
Queues begun to form at Primark in Portsmouth well before it reopened at 8am and have only increased, stretching back down Commercial Road.
Queues also formed at Debenhams in Fareham and at the Nike store in Gunwharf Quays.
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Recap all the updates as shops, pubs and more reopened in Portsmouth
Last updated: Monday, 12 April, 2021, 09:49
- Non-essential retail is reopening today
- Pubs and restaurants can serve customers outdoors
Welcome to our live blog
We will bring you all the latest updates throughout this morning and today as lockdown is eased again.
Big queues at Primark in Commercial Road
Queues had already started forming at around 7.15am outside the store in Commercial Road.
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Gunwharf Quays reveals opening hours from today
Shops, pubs and restaurants will be reopening at Gunwharf Quays from today.
The shopping centre has revealed the safety measures that will be in place at Gunwharf.
As well as the opening hours.
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This is the scene in Fareham this morning
Shop reopening in Fareham
‘We can’t wait for people to come in’
Audrey is a volunteer at Debra charity shop in Fareham.
She said: ‘We can’t wait for people to come in and see us again.’
Clive, a security guard, said: ‘I’m glad to see today come, I hope that people behave themselves so lockdown is lifted further.’
Excitement at La Galerie in Fareham
Tay Cinar, Furkan Cinar and Murtaza Kenar at La Galerie in West Street, Fareham. Their outside seating opening today.