TODAY is a huge day for Cirencester town centre as dozens of shops reopen and allow customers inside for the first time in months.
This is a crucial time for non-essential retailers who have lost income during lockdown, but are at last beginning to trade again.
Staff at big chains and small independents are returning to work and getting used to a ‘new normal’ as the number of people visiting the town centre is expected to soar.
The Corn Hall indoor market and shops have reopened.
Corn Hall manager Augusta Wreay said: “We have used national guidelines as well as the information given to us by the council.
“It has been a busy first day back and was great to see everyone getting back to work.”
Swan Yard has a mix of independent shops, one of which is Decimal, a skate and clothing store.
Owner Gaz Parsons was in store today preparing for his opening day which will be on Thursday.
He has enjoyed a surge in the online section of his business during the lockdown.
The main high street was open while Black Jack Street remained mostly closed with independent businesses choosing to open slowly through the week and month.