Forres shops emerge from lockdown with a busy first day of trading despite rain

Shops and businesses in Forres have had a busy day of high street trading on their first day after a four-month lockdown.

Despite some rain, people queued and visited the non-essential shops which have been closed since 26 December last year.

As restrictions were lifted for non-essential shops, Scotland also moved into Level 3, which means you can meet in groups of up to six from two households in an indoor public place such as a café, pub or restaurant.

Shoppers came out in force, observed the guidelines that are still in place and gave local businesses a welcome boost on their first day open in 2021.

We spoke to some of the shopkeepers in town to see how their first day went.

Social distancing guidelines, the wearing of face coverings, and other rules are still in place and you are reminded that the re-opening of shops has been possible due to the vigilance of those sticking to the rules. Please be patient when shopping as coronavirus is still a threat we must be aware of.

Note: interviewees removed face coverings for the video and socially-distanced themselves from staff and customers.

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