Hundreds of Scots shoppers have formed huge queues to get back into their favourite high street store as shops reopened today.
Stores with street access in Scotland have been allowed to welcome customers through their doors today for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown.
Scores of excited Primark fans queued for hours In the rain to get into the branches in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Glasgow fans started queueing in the early hours of Monday morning to secure their places at the front of the queue.
People have also formed lines for other big fashion retailers like Zara in Glasgow.
Under the relaxation outdoor shops and markets can reopen but shopping centres will remain closed.
But shops will have to follow new rules- like only using half of their tills, installing perspex screens at tills and limited customer numbers in store.
Changing rooms are to be closed to minimise the risk of spreading the virus and limits set on the numbers of people allowed in the shops at any one time.
The scenes are reminiscent of the opening of fast-food drive thus, coffee drive-thrus and outdoor retailers such as B&Q.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged Scots not to ‘squander’ progress fighting the virus- and to wear a mask when shopping.
She tweeted: “If you plan on visiting shops today, please do so responsibly. Maintain physical distancing, follow hygiene advice, wear a face covering and respect staff who may be asking you to shop differently. We’ve made so much progress against the virus – let’s not squander it.”
There has been a mixed reaction to the news on social media- with some punters vowing to queue in the rain while others saying they will continue to stay away.
Author @EstelleMaskame tweeted: “Shops finally opened again today in Scotland and honestly I am SO HAPPY that I’ll finally be able to buy smaller clothes that fit me Partying facePartying face yes I’ll be queuing for primark in the rain at some point this week
But blogger Rebecca McArthur tweeted: “Even if they reopen in Scotland I’m not gonna bother go back to shops until at least August. I’ll continue to do them online.”