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While big stores continue to thrive, locals count Covid-19 lockdown cost

Claire McNeilly


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There were more pigeons than shoppers when the Royal Avenue area of Belfast opened for business on Friday morning.

There were more pigeons than shoppers when the Royal Avenue area of Belfast opened for business on Friday morning.

There were more pigeons than shoppers when the Royal Avenue area of Belfast opened for business on Friday morning.

Lockdown? What lockdown? There was precious little evidence of Stormont's contentious new circuit breaker in some areas of Belfast on Friday morning.

This was the first day of 14 imposed by the Executive on non-essential retail.

To the naked eye, however, everything was essential and anything went.


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