People queue for Boxing Day sales in Leicester – but with coronavirus in mind

Early Boxing Day sales queues have become an expected part of the festive break.

And despite the pandemic, people turned out as usual today to take advantage of the bargains on offer.

However, there appeared to be far fewer shoppers about in the city centre this morning than has been seen in previous years.

Next – which in the past has attracted huge crowds outside its Highcross store on Boxing Day – ditched its traditional December 26 early-hours opening, opting instead to start trading at 9am.

A queue had formed outside the store by 8.30am, but it was tiny compared to previous years. The line stretched to Causeway Lane, but individuals and small groups were standing well apart, making it look busier than it was in reality.

Many people in the queue were already wearing their masks, while security guards were on hand to ensure people who were not together were socially-distanced from those in front of them.

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One shopper told Leicestershire Live: “One guy in a high-vis jacket was going up to people in the queue and asking them if they were with the people next to them.

“If they said they weren’t, he was asking them to move further apart.

“It was pretty good to be honest. I didn’t know what to expect. I feared it was going to be a big mess, with people in big groups not caring about Covid.

“But everyone was calm and quiet, standing apart and most were wearing masks, so yeah, pretty impressed.

“So far at least, anyway.”

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