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lockdown lifts Shoppers throng Belfast streets as Primark reopens after Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease

Shoppers in Belfast hit clothing giant Primark which opened at 7am with PSNI coming out to help control crowds

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Shoppers paradise: Castle Street in Belfast was thronged with shoppers eager to get into Primark at 7am this morning PIC PACEMAKER

Shoppers paradise: Castle Street in Belfast was thronged with shoppers eager to get into Primark at 7am this morning PIC PACEMAKER

Shoppers paradise: Castle Street in Belfast was thronged with shoppers eager to get into Primark at 7am this morning PIC PACEMAKER

There were chaotic scenes outside Primark in Belfast this morning as lockdown-weary shoppers thronged Castle Street before the store opened.

Long queues signified the further loosening of Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland, which had initially begun last Friday with hairdressers and click-and-collect services allowed to reopen among other services.

Such were the numbers outside Primark, which opened at 7am to handle demand, the PSNI were on the scene to advise shoppers and make sure everyone was adhering to social distancing rules.

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Shoppers came out in force on the same day pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen and serve customers seated outside PIC PACEMAKER

Shoppers came out in force on the same day pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen and serve customers seated outside PIC PACEMAKER

Shoppers came out in force on the same day pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen and serve customers seated outside PIC PACEMAKER

With the sun having come out for the occasion, shoppers were pounding the pavement in the knowledge they can now also rest their weary legs in a nearby pub beer garden and enjoy the good weather while sipping on a frosty pint or a glass of wine.

With restaurants, cafes and pubs allowed to serve customers seated outside, regulations mean a maximum of six people can be seated at any one table from a maximum of two households.

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