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COVID-19: Petition launched to shut Bicester Village less than 24 hours after reopening

People have been complaining about it being overcrowded today.

Non-essential shops opened in England this morning for the first time since lockdown began.

Queues have been reported across the country as customers were welcomed back.

In Oxfordshire, a petition has been launched for Bicester Village to shut again or put the 'proper safety measures in place.' 

That's despite thermal scanning, maximum visitor numbers and a digital queuing system among the measures in place at the outlet shopping centre.

Everyone also has to have their temperature checked before they can enter the site.

On Twitter people have posted things like 'where are all the BV security enforcing the distancing and 'it's absolutely rammed.' Others have Tweeted 'can people not take their own responsibility?'

Laura Wicks, who started the petition said she "was disgusted to see the hundreds of people squashed into the street like Coronavirus never happened."

The petition has already gained hundreds of signatures. 

The Bicester Village website asks customers not to queue in front of restaurants and shops.

Victoria Prentis, the MP for Banbury, visited the shopping centre before it reopened and praised the safety measures in place.

We've contacted Bicester Village for a comment.

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