Huge queues of shoppers in Cardiff city centre (Image: PA)

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Queues of people lined the streets outside shops on the second weekend after the Welsh firebreak ended.

People in Cardiff braved the rain to do Christmas shopping amid fears Wales could be forced into another lockdown.

On Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford warned people to act "sensibly" and think about the risks they were taking when asked whether people should avoid Christmas shopping.

He also said there was no guarantee that Wales would make it to the Christmas period without facing another fire-break lockdown, and urged people to follow the rules.

But this looked to be one of the busiest shopping weekends of the month, Wales Online reports.

Many pubs were also said to be fully booked.

Shoppers outside Primark
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Speaking ahead of a pre-booked lunch in Miller & Carter, one group of shoppers from Treorchy and Tonypandy said shops were busier than expected.

Lisa Pearce said: "It's not the same. There's too many people, it's making me anxious.

"We'll all have to go back to the hospital because of all the people here. We've had to queue in each place and you can't get to a pub because everywhere is fully booked."

Friend Kirsty Richards added: "I came last Sunday and it wasn't like this but because it's a Saturday everyone is off."

Queues outside retail stores
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Shoppers pass Christmas market stalls in Cardiff
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David Williams, 25, was also in town Christmas shopping. He ventured into the city centre last weekend but said it wasn't the same as the "mad rush" seen in previous years.

He said: "It's pretty busy. People were asking me for directions who were clearly from England which is a bit concerning. But it's nice to see the market stalls busy and people have been pretty good with masks to be honest.

"It's not the usual Christmas mad rush, there's something nice about it."

Restrictions across Wales have been relaxed following a two-week "firebreak" lockdown
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People were making the most of the sales
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In the Christmas market, Sarah Williams was helping run her mum's friend's stall EweMoo, selling quirky sheep and pig foot rests.

She said: "To be honest in the week it has been quite quiet but with busy moments.

"Today has been really, really busy but it's manageable. It's not overwhelming or anything like that.

Queen Street in Cardiff was busy today
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Shoppers wearing masks
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"Everyone is pretty good with masks, people are coming out the shops and this is just another shop but outside."

Speaking about her decision to help with the stall this year, she added: "I was a little bit apprehensive because I didn't know what to expect but it's like last Christmas, it's the new normal."

In Queen Street, groups of people were busy watching buskers and also queuing for shops. Outside Matalan, one member of staff was seen handing out umbrellas to customers to help with the rain.

A group from Abercynon said they had been waiting around 10 minutes in the queue for Lush so far.

One woman said: "We have queued for every shop so far. It's Black Friday, a lot of places have started their sales already. But it's been okay."