Thousands have taken to Main Street today to prepare for the month-long lockdown that bans non-essential shopping in stores before Christmas.
With just 26 days of high street shopping before Christmas, crowds flock to the city center to make the most of their last few days of business before non-essential stores close.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stood in front of the country last night to announce a four-week shutdown from Thursday to December 2 after a surge in Cases that could cause thousands of deaths.
The Previous lockouts cost negligible deals £ 1.6 billion a week in lost sales, and the losses are expected to be much larger over the holiday season. Experts warn that we may not have much of a main road to return to.
We lost 27 days of high street shopping due to lockdown – which means Christmas gift shopping time has been cut in half.
Shoppers in Liverpool city center today ahead of the National Lockdown on Thursday
With just 26 shopping days before Christmas, crowds are pouring into the city center
Helen Dickinson, UK Retail Consortium General Manager, responded to the Prime Minister's announcement of a national lockdown: “Retailers are facing a nightmare before Christmas as the government proposes to close thousands of retail stores and give customers access under this new national lockdown refuse to go to many of their favorite stores and brands.
& # 39; It will do immeasurable damage to Main Street in the run-up to Christmas, cost countless jobs and hold back the recovery of the overall economy permanently, with minimal impact on virus transmission.
Businesses can still click-sell and pick-up non-essential items as long as their stores are covid-safe for pick-up, as stated in state guidelines for the second lock status: "Non-essential items can remain open for delivery to customers and clicks-and." -collect. & # 39;
Queues to click and collect could be expected this Christmas as large retailers make plans to continue trading non-essential items across the void.
Before the month-long lockdown, many shoppers are loaded with non-essential items
The previous lockdown cost non-essential businesses £ 1.6 billion a week in lost sales, and the losses are likely to be much greater over the holiday season
Many bought Christmas luxury two months before the big day. Liverpool City Center, today
While it may not be the Christmas shopping experience, despite shop closings this month, most finding the main drag won't be a completely dead zone – as Click and Collect remains open.
In a statement, John Lewis, who offers a click-and-pick-up service this afternoon, said that he will remain open for customers to pick up items: & # 39; Customers can still shop online at johnlewis.com and John Lewis stores through the evening of November 4th.
& # 39; We are confident that customers will shop online in large numbers and continue the trends we saw earlier this year. With Home Delivery and Click & Collect, customers have convenient and safe options to receive our brilliant John Lewis products.
& # 39; We will be temporarily closing our John Lewis stores in England starting November 5th, but they will be open to customers to collect items purchased online as per government guidelines. We look forward to welcoming our customers again to purchase our products in all of our John Lewis stores, which will reopen as soon as government guidelines allow. & # 39;
In Westfield Stratford in East London, buyers are not socially distant
Police officers patrol the Westfield shopping center in Stratford, east London, while shoppers make the most of the four days left before the lockdown
Oxford Street shoppers brave the elements in central London before lockdown on Thursday
Shoppers head to downtown Bristol for last minute shopping as all non-essential stores are forced to close
Stores can continue to offer Click and Collect as long as they operate in a safe manner
Most kept their masks off in crowded shopping areas, while others only wore protection in stores
Shoppers queue outside Ikea in Batley, West Yorkshire after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown
Shoppers stand outside Ikea in Batley, West Yorkshire, before closing on Thursday
Hundreds are flocking to Ikea in Batley, West Yorkshire, ahead of the lockdown today
Ms. Dickinson of the British Retail Consortium continued, "A recent Sage paper reported that the closure of a" non-essential "retail store would have minimal impact on the transmission of Covid.
& # 39; This is thanks to the hundreds of millions of pounds retailers have spent keeping their businesses Covid-safe and secure for customers and colleagues.
& # 39; The announced closure will have a significant economic impact on the viability of thousands of stores and hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country.
Shoppers at Costco in Leicester after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown will go into effect in England next week
Shoppers queued in the rain outside a Lidl supermarket in Locksbottom, in the Bromley district of southeast London, to buy essential groceries this morning from 9 a.m.
Non-essential gift items aren't the only things that fly off the shelf ahead of the holiday season, as Waitrose announced that people had bought 250 percent more festive items
A buyer purchases essentials from Lidl in Locksbottom, Bromley in south-east London
& # 39; We have no doubt that retailers abide by the rules and will do their part to keep the UK public safe and have access to the goods they need.
"However, the government must also do its part to support companies that are forced to close, otherwise the consequences for local retailers are severe."
And non-essential gifts aren't the only things that fly off the peg in the run-up to Christmas, as Waitrose announced that people have already bought 250 percent more festive items online compared to last year.
A pedestrian wearing a mask because of the coronavirus pandemic carries plants past shops on Oxford Street in London on November 1, 2020
A stall holder adjusts the display of face masks in a shop on Oxford Street in London on November 1, 2020
In the supermarket, the number of Christmas dinners ordered rose by 280 percent and the number of turkeys ordered by 180 percent.
In order to meet the massive increase in demand, the supermarket offers 190,000 delivery spaces per week and has already booked 107,000 spaces for December 20th to 24th.
Waitrose added, 'We've also increased the Collection slots significantly this year. By the end of October, we will have 269 stores selling Click & Collect groceries, and 57 of those stores have transit collections. & # 39;