Pictures: Chesterfield reopens for business as lockdown restrictions ease

Dozens of people have been pictured in Chesterfield after the town reopened for business and burst back into life following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 3:47 pm
Businesses have reopened in Chesterfield and people have rushed back to the town centre as restrictions ease

Non-essential retailers, pub beer gardens, hair salons, and gyms are permitted to start trading again from today (April 12) as the next phase in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown begins.

And that has seen people flock out in their numbers as the first rumblings of normality begin to emerge.

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Portland Chesterfield reopens for business, Pictured is duty manager Aimee Powell serving breakfast pints to customers John Poxon and David Wood

Socially distanced queues have been seen at a number of stores, including Primark in Chesterfield town centre where large numbers of shoppers were spotted waiting in line at around 10am – just two hours after it opened.

Elsewhere, many visited beer gardens eager to get that first pint or enjoy breakfast in the sun while others took a trip to the salon, ready for that post-lockdown cut.

Our photographer was out and about during the day to capture that long-awaited moment as people ventured out to shops and enjoyed that first meal or drink outside.

Take a look at our gallery below and see if you can spot anyone you know.

The Portland Hotel Wetherspoon reopens its doors as the next phase of easing lockdown restrictions gets underway
The Portland Hotel Wetherspoon at West Bars reopened its pub garden as restrictions eased on April 12
The Portland was busy with customers eager to get out and about once again on Monday morning
Paul Burgess and Jan Score enjoying breakfast in the sunshine at The Portland, West Bars
Team leader Ashton Walker serves a pint to Gary Matthews at The Portland
Diners Sophie Kelley,Terri Greenway and Emily Logan enjoy breakfast at The Portland
Portland customers enjoy their first pints
Pub Manager Jacqui Elliott pulls the first pints as customers are welcomed back to the Portland
Shoppers resting their feet while having a drink at Costa
Chesterfield was a hive of activity on April 12 as shoppers returned
Many shoppers visited Chesterfield town centre early doors to get their retail fix and find any post-lockdown bargains
All non-essential retailers, hair salons, gyms and beer gardens opened in Chesterfield on Monday as the next phase of easing lockdown restrictions got under way
Signs dotted around Chesterfield town centre reminded shoppers to social distance as they returned to get their retail fix
Chesterfield town centre was busy once again with shoppers visiting non-essential retail stores for the first time since before Christmas
People were spotted queuing outside Magnolia Barbering in Chesterfield on Monday as they patiently waited for a post lockdown hair cut
Breakfast chef Dave Bown pictured preparing the first meals of the day on Monday
Breakfast chef Dave Bown prepares the first breakfasts at the Peacock, Barlow.
How yummy does this look? Breakfast chef Dave Bown preparing eggs benedict ready to serve at the Peacock
Breakfast chef Dave Bown putting the finishes touches to the first breakfasts at the Peacock
Manager James Robinson delivers the first breakfasts to Romina Cancellara, Yakira Redhead and Amelia Blackbourn at the Peacock at Barlow.
Breakfast diners at the Peacock at Barlow.
More customers ready for their breakfast at the Peacock
Breakfast chef Dave Bown prepares the first breakfasts in what was sure to be happy occasion welcoming customers back
Volunteer Linda Bower serves one of the first customers at the Ashgate Hospice shop as it reopens
Longest serving volunteer Margaret Phillpot restocks at Ashgate Hospice's Chesterfield shop ready for opening
Pat Standen, store manager of Ashgate Hospicecare’s Chesterfield shop in South Street, with a selection of the new products the shop now sells
A customer browses the second hand selection at Ashgate Hospice's Chesterfield shop
Eager customers visited the Ashgate Hospice shop on Monday to browse the second hand selection
Shoppers were spotted queuing outside Primark in Chesterfield early on Monday
There were long queues outside Primark as shoppers headed out to find a bargain
Queues also formed outside of The Easy Barber in Chesterfield town centre as people waiting patiently for a hair cut