Primark worker describes first day of reopening as ‘hell’

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Shoppers queue at Primark in Birmingham (Picture: PA) A staff member at Primark says she is concerned about how social distancing will work in practice, as it relies on customers following the rules. The employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: ‘I’m not working today thank god. The manager has said it’s already been hell. ‘People were queuing from 3am. I know the people nearer the front camped out all night and apparently there’s already been near fights. ‘We have no new stock yet but that’ll come. It’s just how we left it before lockdown. Across the country, there have been long queues on high streets as people wait to get inside shops reopening for the first time since March. Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Social distancing measures are in place to try and prevent spread of coronavirus, with people told to remain two metres apart and avoid touching things they do not plan to buy. People queue to enter a Primark store as they shop on the high street in Norwich (Picture: Getty) Shoppers leaving Primark in Birmingham (Picture: PA) Shoppers queue at Primark in Birmingham (Picture: PA) But the staff member said: ‘[Customers] technically have to (social distance) but staff and security only have two eyes and we don’t have everyone back yet as it’s not needed. So guaranteed there will be lots of people breaking the rules. ‘They can’t try anything on, even shoes and sunglasses, and fitting rooms have closed. They’ll probably try to try things on on the shop floor which is obviously forbidden.


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