Crowds of shoppers flocked to luxury retail outlets in Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, as non-essential businesses were allowed to reopen across England on Monday, June 15.
Long lines were also seen outside outlets for Primark, a budget clothing chain, in several cities. Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, non-essential stores in Northern Ireland were due to reopen on Friday, while guidance had yet to be issued in Wales and Scotland.
Non-essential stores had been closed for more than two months following the lockdown introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Twitter user RiileySearle, who filmed these videos at Bicester, posted: “Nice ‘social distancing’ [at Bicester Village] today, if a second wave comes, it’s from these shops being open.” One video shows a large group of people gathered outside a store for high-end shoemaker Christian Louboutin. Credit: @RiileySearle via Storyful