Long Queues for Shops on April 12th.

The opening of indoor facilities on the 12th April saw long queues for shops, pubs and clubs across the UK.

After almost four months in lockdown, the lifting of a specific list of restrictions has allowed the UK to once again open up various indoor businesses with outdoor facilties.

From pubs and clubs to shops and restaurants, it seems the wait is finally over.

Restrictions Lifted on April 12th (Opening of Non-Essential Retail):

  • Nail Salons
  • Hair Dressers
  • Zoos
  • Outdoor Cinemas
  • Libraries
  • Gyms
  • Restaurants (with outdoor seating)
  • Pubs and Clubs (with outdoor seating)

However, for some, that was not the case. Especially in Birmingham, where stores such as Primark and Zara were forced to close their stores temporarily due to high demand.

“I knew it would be busy, but I didn’t expect it to be this busy”

Yasmina Begum, Birmingham 

Yasmina Begum, born and raised just outside of Birmingham, described her first time back in the city centre as ‘hectic’ and explains that she didn’t ‘expect it to be as busy’ as it was.

Yasmina Begum explains her first experience back at the shops in Birmingham.

And Birmingham wasn’t the only city facing congestion issues when it came to the reopenings.

Known for its nightlife, Nottingham’s many clubs, pubs and bars have long waiting lists for future events. One of the city’s most popular clubs, Rock City, is expected to have around 60 to 80 people waiting in a virtual queue to get tickets.

Gemma Coley, a student in her third year at Nottingham Trent University, managed to get tickets for the club’s first big indoor event on the 12th July, despite how busy the online website was, although it wasn’t easy.

Gemma Coley explains her struggle to secure tickets for events.

Rock City, Nottingham

Unlike Gemma, Ryan Arbon, also a student, was amongst one of the many hopefuls who failed to secure tickets for any events in Nottingham. So, he and a group of his friends have decided to stick to nights in for now.

Ryan Arbon explains why he’s decided to stay in instead of going out. 

The next step in the roadmap on 17th May, promises the reopening of indoor hospitality as well as the easing up of social contact rules. With groups of 6 being able to meet inside and groups of up to 30 able to meet outside.

But for now it seems all good things take time.