All shops in England were now allowed to open, although retailers have had to introduce strict safety measures … reports Asian Lite News
Long queues were reported outside shops in England on Monday as COVID-19 rules were relaxed after a three month lockdown.
All shops in England were now allowed to open, although retailers have had to introduce strict safety measures, the BBC reported.
Queues were seen outside Primark shops in London and Birmingham ahead of their 8 a.m. opening time.
The fashion retailer chain, which like other clothing shops has been closed since March 23, does not offer online shopping meaning customers can only buy in the store.
In Manchester, people waited for almost an hour for some shops. Big queues formed outside Primark, TK Maxx and Foot Locker.
Retailers are required to introduce plastic screens at the tills and floor markings to keep shoppers two metres apart – -measures that are already a regular fixture in supermarkets.
Other measures will include pleas not to touch items unless customers intend to purchase them and decontaminating shopping baskets after each use.
Retailers are promising there will be plenty of sanitiser on hand for customers.
Toilets will remain closed in Primark’s shops but facilities in other stores, including John Lewis and Selfridges, will be open, said the BBC report.
Although food shops, pharmacies, banks and other essential retailers have stayed open, vast swathes of the High Street, from bookshops to clothes outlets, have been closed since March 23.
Some other retailers selling products classed as essential – such as DIY, furniture and bicycles – have also been reopening.
Furniture giant Ikea opened 19 of its stores across England and Northern Ireland recently, prompting long queues.
Many stores are encouraging customers to make purchases by contact-less card payments.
London’s West End, which includes Oxford Street, is expecting about 80 per cent fewer visitors when it reopens on Monday.
In Northern Ireland, non-essential shops reopened on June 5, but there is still no date for Wales and Scotland.
In England, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, hotels and cinemas will not be allowed to open their doors until July 4 at the earliest – and even then, only if they can meet social distancing measures.
Patients recovering from Covid-19 who are discharged from hospital may continue to need care and support as many of them could develop persistent psychological difficulties as a result of their experiences of illness and treatment, say new guidelines from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
Some recovering patients may also present with varying degrees of communication or cognitive impairment, NHS said, adding that the impact of Covid-19 on patients is a rapidly-evolving picture and comprehensive data is not yet available on all aspects.
So primary and community health services should work with families, care homes and domiciliary care to support the provision of holistic care for patients discharged from hospital after Covid-19.
There is evidence that patients with Covid-19 experience a high prevalence of thromboembolic disease in which blood clots form in blood vessels, according to the NHS.
Furthermore, some patients treated in intensive care units with severe Covid-19 develop pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Patients with pulmonary embolic disease will require treatment based upon review by appropriate teams to define the optimal duration of anticoagulation and long-term follow-up, according to the document titled ‘After-care needs of inpatients recovering from COVID-19’.
Over 297,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK, while more than 41,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.