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Gloucester Quays welcomes new arrival as shoppers return

Gloucester Quays will welcome a new arrival amid the first shoppers for more than three months as coronavirus restrictions are eased from Monday.

Non-essential retail will be able to open in the second phase of the Government's roadmap to recovery.

The luxury women's fashion brand Hobbs will be opening its doors for the first time at the retail outlet - and Punchline has been given a first look inside the new store.

Hospitality businesses will also be able to open using outdoor space from Monday with gyms and swimming pools among indoor leisure venues welcoming back customers.

Gloucester BID manager Emily Gibbon said: "The businesses that are reopening are excited and ready to welcome you back.

"Shops and businesses have worked so hard to prepare their shops and venues to accommodate and serve you safely.

"It is so important to support our local businesses now more than ever, and as we do so please be kind and patient, there are still COVID safety measures in place for the business owner's safety, as well as public safety."

According to British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson, shoppers are more confident about visiting retail outlets.

She said: "Non-food retail stores will have lost £30billion in sales over the three lockdowns. It is essential they are able to trade effectively from April 12 and remain open.

"Savings have been building up over lockdown, and the economic recovery relies on retailers being able to unlock the pent-up demand in the economy."

Monday will also see personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons able to reopen, as well as libraries and outdoor attractions including zoos and theme parks.

Self-contained accommodation such as holiday lets can reopen while funerals can include up to 30 people with the numbers able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes rising from six to 15.

The next step on the roadmap out of lockdown is scheduled to be on May 17 with the final step on June 21.

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