Mayhem as shoppers flood Cardiff city centre after Wales lockdown lifted

Shoppers flooded to the high street on the back of Wales' 17-day firebreak lockdown ending on Monday.

The city centre was busy as families and friends reunited and lockdown restrictions were lifted with non essential shops and businesses reopening their doors.

Since October 23, hospitality venues and non essential businesses were forced to shut and people asked to stay at home in the hope that a short, sharp lockdown would stem the rising cases of coronavirus, reports Wales Online.

While affected businesses were allowed to re-open on Monday strict rules around who can meet didn't stop shoppers hitting the streets to make up for lost time – and in some cases begin their Christmas shopping.

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As of November 9 people who do not live together are able to meet indoors and outdoors in no more than groups of four (not including children aged under 11).

However, other than in very limited circumstances, and the Welsh Government are advising people where possible to shop alone.

Similarly to before the firebreak lockdown, face coverings must still be worn in indoor public places and people must self-isolate when told to do so by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect.

A full list of what you can and can't do in Wales, now the firebreak restrictions are lifted can be found here.

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Harriet Millsopp, moved to Cardiff in August for a change of career and was queuing outside the Lush store on Queen Street. She said that it was busier than she expected.

"I just came in to get a few bits – completely underestimating how busy it would be," she said.

"I am glad they have reopened but I do think that it is quite overcrowded and not a lot of people are wearing masks which is quite concerning.

"I'm not doing any Christmas shopping today, I'm just starting a new job and I need to grab a few bits and the shop I'm in front of now doesn't really do much online."

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For many people this was the first time they had been allowed to visit Cardiff in months – with many neighbouring local authorities having been under 'local lockdowns' for weeks beforehand.

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