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Queues at Ilford Primark but quiet at Waterstones as non-essential shops re-open

PUBLISHED: 16:11 15 June 2020 | UPDATED: 16:11 15 June 2020

Socially distanced queuing to get into Primark in Ilford. Picture: Ken Mears

Socially distanced queuing to get into Primark in Ilford. Picture: Ken Mears

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As non-essential shops opened up for the first time since being shut for coronavirus lockdown, queues quickly formed outside the Primark in High Road.

Socially distanced queuing to get into Primark in Ilford. Picture: Ken MearsSocially distanced queuing to get into Primark in Ilford. Picture: Ken Mears

Down the street, Waterstones bookshop also re-opened but it was much quieter on that end, with just a few regulars popping in.

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Bookseller George Dunne said: “I think we’re on the wrong end of High Road as it’s been much quieter here than it has been at Primark.”

The bookstore has a trolley set up to store any books for 72 hours which customers touch and don’t buy but George said the customers have been very respectable and they didn’t need to put many books away.

Social distancing traffic light information outside of The Exchange. Picture: Ken MearsSocial distancing traffic light information outside of The Exchange. Picture: Ken Mears

At Ilford Exchange the new social distancing traffic lights system was in place showing green for a good time to shop, amber when it was nearing capacity and red if the shopping centre has reached capacity.

There were also regular sanitation stations set up inside stores.


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