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Change compared with 2017
This was the scene as shoppers headed out early to get into Sports Direct in Worthing, West Sussex, this morning.
A lengthy, socially-distanced queue formed outside the store in the seaside resort amid strict safety measures in high streets across the country.
Meanwhile, in Canterbury it was a similar picture, with large queues forming. Banners welcoming people back to the high street in the Kent cathedral city have been displayed.
Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield has been involved in the latest briefing with Kent Police and the force's police and crime commissioner - and she said the main message is still "stay home".
One of the largest theatres in the South East will remain closed until late June at the earliest.
The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury has announced that all performances and activities scheduled up to Monday 22 June will not be taking place.
The theatre had previously announced it would be shut until 22 April.
The venue said customers will be personally contacted in the next two weeks with information about their booking, with all customers entitled to a credit note or refund.
A record number of female MPs have been elected to the House of Commons following the General Election.
Some 220 women won seats in the 2019 poll - up from 208 two years ago.
Across Surrey, Sussex and Kent, 15 constituencies are now represented by female MPs.
That includes Rosie Duffield in Canterbury, who held on to her seat for Labour with an increased majority.
Other female MPs to hold their seats were Conservatives Maria Caulfield in Lewes and Tracey Crouch in Chatham and Aylesford, and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion.
Among the new female MPs is Natalie Elphicke in Dover.
The wife of the constituency's former Tory MP Charlie Elphicke successfully stood for election in his place - and nearly doubled his majority from 6,437 to 12,278.
In Eastbourne the town's former Conservative MP, Caroline Ansell, took the constituency back from Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd. She had lost the seat to him in 2017.
But nationally, men will still considerably outnumber women - with female MPs representing 34% of the Commons.
Labour's hold on Canterbury was one of the "few beacons of light" in what was "a long dark night", the former Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency has said.
Tim Walker stood down in Canterbury because he feared dividing the Remain vote, which could have allowed the Conservative candidate to take the seat from Labour.
Rosie Duffield held on to the "ultra-marginal" seat with an increased majority, winning 29,018 votes, ahead of the Conservative candidate Anna Firth's 27,182.
She took the seat from the Tories in 2017 by just 187 votes, and increased her majority to 1,836.
Mr Walker said "the best candidate won".
"It shows what can be achieved in politics when people think for themselves at local level.
"Voters in the constituency can take great pride in the way they put traditional party allegiances to one side and pulled together to get the result that the overwhelming majority wanted.
"This is what democracy should always look like," he said.
The Conservative grip tightened on the region, with increased majorities and a seat taken from the Liberal Democrats.
Rosie Duffield has been re-elected as the MP for Canterbury, increasing her very slim majority.
The Labour candidate beat Conservative Anna Firth by 1,836 votes, compared to her 2017 winning margin of only 187.
Claire Malcomson of the Liberal Democrats came third and independent candidate Michael Gould came fourth.
Voter turnout was up by 2.3 percentage points since the last general election.
More than 60,000 people, exactly three-quarters of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.
One of the four candidates, Michael Gould (independent) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.
This story was created using some automation.