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Photos Capture the 'New Normal' In England As Schools And Stores Open Back Up

Lessons with reduced class sizes at a primary school in Norfolk (Joe Giddens/PA)

Pupils have begun returning to school as lockdown restrictions were eased across England.

Outdoor markets and car showrooms have also started reopening, while the first horse racing event in months was being staged and pigeons took to the skies for a race over Yorkshire.

A pupil waits to head into schoolGrace looks excited to be returning to school (Joe Giddens/PA)

Parents drop off children at schoolParents drop off children at Queen's Hill Primary School in Norfolk (Joe Giddens/PA)

Lessons are taking place with reduced class sizesLessons are taking place with reduced class sizes (Joe Giddens/PA)

A pupil washes his handsReception pupil Braydon washes his hands while watching an electronic timer (Joe Giddens/PA)

Parents drop off their children at a primary school in NorfolkParents drop off their children at a primary school in Norfolk (Joe Giddens/PA)

Queue at Ikea shop There was a big queue of people keen to shop at the Ikea store in Lakeside (Nick Ansell/PA)

Ikea store queueThe Ikea store reopened as part of a wider easing of lockdown restrictions in England (Nick Ansell/PA)

Car showroom forecourtStaff at Arnold Clark in Liverpool walk past cars on the forecourt as showrooms opened for the first time since the lockdown in England (Peter Byrne/PA)

Signs at a car showroom in LiverpoolSigns at a car showroom in Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

Pigeon racingPigeon racing was the first sport to get under way (Jacob King (PA)

Racing pigeons are releasedThousands of birds belonging to members of the Barnsley Federation of Racing Pigeons (Jacob King/PA)

Racing pigeonsSome 4,465 pigeons took part in the first race (Jacob King/PA)