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.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 7:54 pm

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.

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Mike Yeoman waiting to get his haircut outside Bob the Barbershop, Albert Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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.

We will have reporters down at Commercial Road and Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, as well as in Gosport, Fareham and Havant this morning.

Covid marshals in West Street, Fareham. Picture: Kimberley Barber

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.

Recap our live blog below to see all our updates, photos, videos and reaction.

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Queues at Debenhams in Fareham. Picture: Kimberley Barber
Queues forming in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, outside Primark on morning of April 12.
Shops across the country reopened their doors today. Picture: Sarah Standing (150620-9879)

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

Big queues outside Primark in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, this morning.

Queues had already started forming at around 7.15am outside the store in Commercial Road.

It has extended opening hours this morning.

What is the weather forecast for today?

Commercial Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Are you planning a trip to the shops or to the pub today?

Gunwharf Quays reveals opening hours from today

Nike store, Gunwharf Quays. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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.

Great British weather has some surprises in store for us today

This is the scene in Fareham this morning

‘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

La Galerie

Tay Cinar, Furkan Cinar and Murtaza Kenar at La Galerie in West Street, Fareham. Their outside seating opening today.

Video shows length of Primark queue

More queues - this time at Debenhams in Fareham

Trader says: ‘It’s a leap into the unknown’

Perry Leon

Perry Leon, of Leon’s Fruit and Veg. Perry and his wife Sandy have run the stall for nearly 25 years in Fareham and Gosport.

Perry, from West End, said: ‘We have been doing deliveries but that’s all. The high streets were empty. It’s been tough. We just don’t know what to expect from today, it’s a leap into the unknown. It’s bad enough when you come back from a two week holiday, let alone this.’

Hunt for bargains at Debenhams in Fareham

Jennifer Martin, 31, from Copnor, with her Nan Margaret Aylott, 72, and mum Tracey Going, 52, both from Widley.

Jennifer Martin, 31, from Copnor, with her Nan Margaret Aylott, 72, and mum Tracey Going, 52, both from Widley. Jennifer is getting married on August 21 in Gretna Green and they are on the hunt for bargains.

Jennifer said: ‘It’s sad that the chains are going, there’s nothing left in the town centres anymore. We are hoping to find some bargains though, get in and get out quick.’

Big queues for the Nike store in Gunwharf Quays as well

Fareham business owner ‘excited’ to be open again

Shane Davies and Lesley Ralls, from Crafty Makery, in Fareham Shopping Centre.

Shane Davies and Lesley Ralls, from Crafty Makery, in Fareham Shopping Centre. The shop, which is a charity that offers arts and crafts, opens properly again today after four months.

Shane said: ‘We are looking forward to the challenge. Covid has brought an awareness of looking after people’s minds, which is what we do. We are looking forward to being open again. The high street needs to change and there needs to be more for people to do, like what we offer here.’

Kids hoping to get their hands on shoes worn by football heroes in Gunwharf Quays

Sophie Baker from Port Solent, with children Joseph, Rory, Darcy and Romeo.

Sophie Baker from Port Solent, with children Joseph, Rory, Darcy and Romeo. The family has been queueing outside Nike since 9.15am.

Sophie said: 'Nike is the favourite shop for all four of the boys. They play a lot of football and are all in need of some new boots. We were expecting it to be quite busy so have done quite well to be so near the front, all things considered.' The boys are hoping to get some new Nike Mercurials, which are their favourite boots and also worn by the likes of Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Mbappe

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