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Primark has announced plans for store opening times when the coronavirus lockdown is lifted.
From 2 December, all 153 shops will reopen in England and 11 of them will be open for over 24 hours straight to cater for the anticipated higher customer demand ahead of the festive season.
Primark stores located in retail parks and major shopping centres will trade until 10pm at a minimum, with some stores trading as late as midnight.
The 11 stores remaining open for 24 hours from 7am on 2 December right through until closing time on 3 December include: Trafford, York Monks Cross, Leeds White Rose, Bluewater, Lakeside, Birmingham Fort, Meadowhall, Stratford, White City, Charlton and Gateshead Metrocentre.
All other stores across England will trade until at least 8pm on weekdays until 23 December.
Nothing matters more to Primark than the safety and wellbeing of its employees and customers and in line with government guidance, all stores continue to have extensive safety measures in place.
This includes strict social distancing protocols, limits on the number of customers allowed in store, hand sanitisation stations on entry, Perspex screens or cubicles at tills, the use of face masks in-store and increased in-store cleaning.
Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said: "We are delighted to re-open our stores in England on 2 December, with longer shopping hours to give our customers more time to safely do their festive shopping.
"We have everything this season that our customers expect from Primark, including our famous Christmas jumpers, festive pyjamas and much, much more.
"All of our extensive safety measures remain in place to help ensure shopping at Primark is an enjoyable, safe experience for everyone."
Earlier this month, Chief Executive George Weston said in a statement to the news outlet: "If we are able to trade in some stores up to 24 hours a day, then we can keep people more separate from each other more easily.
"We can keep the stores safer if everyone knows there are plenty trading hours and they do not have to rush on a Sunday into a six-hour period."
On Monday (23 November), UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the tier system will return on 2 December.
Johnson admitted that whilst the tier system had cut down on the number of cases, they did not go far enough in some areas.
The new system will see a unified approach across tiers with added restrictions on even tier one areas, but gyms as well as essential and non-essential shops will be able to reopen next Wednesday.
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