Delighted shoppers flocked to Manchester city centre today on the first Saturday the shops reopened.
For the first time in months, non-essential shops opened their doors on Monday as some coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased.
And today, on the first Saturday since the rules were relaxed, the city centre was packed with people heading to their favourite shops.
The M.E.N spoke to some that were out and about - and most were delighted to be among the hustle and bustle of the city centre again.
Here's what they had to say.
"It's like Christmas with the amount of people who are out."
Phoebe Ransome, 24, a ticket seller at The Lowry Theatre, who lives in the city centre said: "It's like Christmas with the amount of people who are out.
"It's great for the economy but it's also very scary.
"It's the dichotomy of wanting to go out and being afraid.
"I am a confident and extroverted person but it is over stimulating.
"I am just out to return Christmas things that I only have a small amount of time to do.
"We came out early and it wasn't as busy in the Arndale as I expected but it's got a lot more busy now.
"I am not going anywhere near Market Street.
"If everyone was wearing a mask I would be more comfortable.
"We still have to be careful.
"We don't want a fourth lockdown."
"It's nice to be out, being able to see people again and do a bit of shopping."
Georgia Chisholm, 18, a first-year student in American Studies at The University of Manchester said: "It's nice to be out, being able to see people again and do a bit of shopping.
"It's not so different than back in October.
"Some people don't bother wearing masks but most people are wearing masks and doing what they should."
"The weather is great and we are enjoying ourselves."
"I am treating it a bit like a holiday."
Eme Shaw, 19, also a first year student in American Studies at The University of Manchester said:
"I have been out a couple of times this week, I am treating it a bit like a holiday.
"We are only in our first year at university, I am from Dorset and we have not had a chance to explore the city.
"So I am so pleased to be out and about.
"Here and there, there is not much social distancing in shops, but everyone is masked up.
"And the great weather really gives us a boost."
"I am not keen on the idea of being inside the Arndale, I prefer to stay outside."
Sharon Smith, 49, an NHS support worker who lives in Norden said: "Our daughters said it was manic, but its not as busy as I thought.
"I have seen a lot of people not wearing masks and a lot of people don't follow the arrows.
"And I am not keen on the idea of being inside the Arndale, I prefer to stay outside.
"But I have not been out in Manchester for eight months and I am enjoying it.
"I feel like "Yay! I am out."
"And the weather has been a God send. "
"It's nice to see a lot of people and it is not too busy."
Her partner Gareth Young, 41, an accountant who lives in Norden said: "I feel great to be out especially on a nice day.
"We started with a coffee outside the corn exchange sitting in the sun.
"It just feels great to be back.
"It's nice to see a lot of people and it is not too busy.
"I thought it would have been the busiest today, but I am surprised at how calm it is.
"I am really enjoying it and I feel pretty relaxed.
"There is still a bit of way to go with the queues in shops though - we don't want to rush it."
"I am just taking it as it comes and it feels like a different day out."
James OIdfield, 64, a bricklayer from Stockport said: "I am feeling fine being out and I am not worried at all.
"People are abiding by the rules and it is not as busy as I thought it would be.
"I am just taking it as it comes and it feels like a different day out.
"I am enjoying it."
"I am not afraid at all."
Arlene Oldfield, 65, a principal library assistant who lives in Stockport said: "I have very much been looking forward to it.
"It's nice to get out to the shops as I am not an on-line shopper, I like to root.
"I like the whole experience of being in the shops.
"I am not afraid at all.
"I am really happy that things are open again and the weather has been really nice."