Huge queues as shoppers flock to Sunderland city centre on last day before lockdown

Pictures show long queues and busy streets as shoppers flock to Sunderland city centre on the last day before lockdown.

Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 12:30 pm

Tomorrow (Thursday, November 5), all non-essential shops will be forced to shut their doors in England as part of a national lockdown imposed by the Government in an bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Announcing the strict restrictions on Saturday, October 31, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also told the nation that pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities will close for four weeks – until Wednesday, December 2.

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Shoppers queue for Card Factory

Pictures show queues of cars lined up from the Bridges car park and busy street scenes with people eager to do some last-minute shopping.

Shoppers are lined up outside stores such as Card Factory as retailers close the doors ahead of the annual busy festive period.

Food establishments will be able to provide a collection and delivery service while a Government U-turn means takeaway beer and other alcohol will also be permitted from pubs and bars.

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Long queues leaving the Bridges car park
Shoppers flock to Sunderland