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England begins reopening as Covid lockdown eases – in pictures

The Guardian - Mon Apr 12 14:47

  • London

    Customers leave an Oxford Street store with bags full of shopping

    Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

    Bag-laden shoppers
  • Norwich

    A queue of eager consumers outside Primark

    Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

    Shoppers queue
  • London

    A woman looks at clothes in Selfridges on Oxford Street

    Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

    Masked shopper
  • Leek

    People enjoy food and drink in a beer garden at Hotel Rudyard

    Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

    Pub garden
  • Macclesfield, Cheshire

    The snow didn’t deter these drinkers at the Cat and Fiddle Inn

    Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

    Drinking in deckchairs on snowy ground
  • London

    Members of Aquabatix, a synchronised swimming team, practise at Clissold leisure centre in Stoke Newington

    Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

    Synchronised swimmers
  • Norwich

    Customers have a long-awaited haircut at Flint Hair

    Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

    Two people having haircuts
  • Leeds

    The reopened city centre attracted small crowds

    Photograph: Gary Calton/The Observer

    Sparse crowd of shoppers
  • Liverpool

    Make it a large one: a member of staff sets up for business at a bar

    Photograph: Jon Super/AP

    Member of staff carrying giant cocktail glass
  • Portsmouth

    Roman enjoys his visit to Southsea model village

    Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

    Boy runs past tiny houses
  • London

    Young people queue for the latest trainers

    Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

    A hundred hoodies by a shuttered door
  • Manchester

    People are able to use outdoor seating areas to drink their coffee

    Photograph: Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

    Sitting outside a cafe
  • London

    Goldman Sachs workers return to work at their HQ as lockdown rules are eased

    Photograph: Andy Hall/The Observer

    Two people outside Goldman Sachs building
  • York

    A woman walks down the Shambles as people wait for the shops to reopen

    Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer

    Shoppers on narrow street
  • Country Durham

    Beamish open-air museum is open for business again

    Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

    Beamish motorcycle museum
  • Leek, Staffordshire

    The Paws For Thought grooming salon deals with a shaggy customer

    Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

    Dog being shaved
  • Blackpool

    Shoppers and visitors return to the streets of the seaside resort

    Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

    Shoppers on the streets of Blackpool
  • Newcastle upon Tyne

    A man selects some books at the reopened Literary and Philosophical Society

    Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

    Man with books in front of bookshelves
  • Bedfordshire

    A southern white rhino charges at a ‘we are open’ sign at Whipsnade zoo

    Photograph: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo/PA

    Rhino knocks over giant blocks spelling out ‘We are open’
  • London

    Lifting weights at the Southgate Fusion Lifestyle gym

    Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

    Weightlifters lift kettlebell weights
  • London

    Market traders at Covent Garden set up their stalls for the first day of trading of 2021

    Photograph: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images

    Market trader in china
  • London

    The Woolpack regulars Nick, Rebecca and Maple the cockapoo enjoy an alfresco beverage on Bermondsey Street

    Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian

    Dog owners with beer
  • Liverpool

    People walk through a shopping area

    Photograph: Jon Super/AP

    Black and white shot of street
  • Chertsey, Surrey

    Revellers dash for their favourite attractions as Thorpe Park theme park reopens

    Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

    Young people run through gates
  • Ramsgate, Kent

    Customers at the Royal Victoria Pavilion pub enjoy a pint with their breakfast

    Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

    Beer on the seafront, in coats
  • Hertford, Hertfordshire

    A sign in the window of the Practitioner pub

    Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

    'We've missed you' sign
  • London

    Christie’s prepares to reopen in advance of its private auction, ‘Off the Wall: Basquiat to Banksy’

    Photograph: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock

    Auction house staff set up exhibits