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Day One of Lockdown: Nation's streets and open spaces are deserted

by Becky Manuel (2020-03-27)

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Britons today were getting used to a new world defined by stockpilers and panic-buyers, pub and restaurant closures, and Government orders to self-isolate amid huge socio-economic uncertainty.

The country is lurching towards an unprecedented peacetime lockdown, with once-bustling city centres - from London and Bristol to Glasgow and Cardiff - deserted as people are spooked into social distancing.

But Boris Johnson, who ordered a 14-day closure of public social centres like pubs and gyms, made time to reply to a seven-year-old girl today who told how she cancelled her birthday party twice due to the viral outbreak.

The PM wrote back to Josephine, from Hampshire, saying he was 'glad to hear you are staying at home, though I am sorry to hear about your party' amid fears of Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.    

Mr Johnson told the little girl: 'We have all got to do our bit to protect the NHS and save lives, and that is exactly what you are doing, so well done! You are setting a great example.

'We are working round the clock to keep people safe, and if we work together we can send coronavirus packing. And once we have done that you can DEFINITELY have a party with your friends!'

The PM, who is expecting a baby with fiance Carrie Symonds, added: 'In answer to your question - I'm regularly washing my hands with soap and water for 20 seconds: the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice!'

The heartwarming letter comes as the Pandemic Crisis brings sweeping change to British society, as people adjust to Government efforts to slow the spread of the bug afflicting 180 countries and territories. 

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Communities around London were also empty on what would normally be a busy and bustling day for Saturday shoppers. Many high street stores have shut even though they are allowed to stay open. Clockwise from top left: Oxford Street; Waterloo Station; New Bond Street; and Lakeside shopping centre














High street stores closed this weekend even though they could remain open, as people have been spooked into voluntary self-isolation, remote work, and Social Distancing amid Covid-19 paranoia. 

London - one of the world's biggest capital cities, with a population of nine million - seems otherworldly as residents stay clear of the city centre, including Waterloo Station, Oxford Street, and Leicester Square.  

Shopping malls up and down the country - from Leicester and Windsor to Southampton and Cardiff - are shadows of their busy former selves, while TK Maxx stores across the UK closed. 

City Hall and Transport for London have reduced Underground services across all Tube lines, storing trains which are no longer in use in the east. The move follows days of criticism from commuters fearful of overcrowding on the train carriages after many people continued to go into the office for work.  

The scenes of eerie desertion come as YouGov revealed nearly 75 percent of people they polled admit to having changed their behaviour in response to Government guidance on coronavirus.

Commissioned by Imperial College London's Patient Experience Research Centre, almost half believe they will become infected, while 93 percent said they took at least one protective measure.

Although the Government's drastic social restrictions do not apply to supermarkets, where - early today - shoppers queued outside to get their hands on supplies, many stores closed voluntarily.

People have attempted to adapt to a new way of life, without many of their normal routines. Some have taken to the streets to exercise after gyms and leisure centres were closed by the PM.






Stark pictures have emerged of empty city centres and roads in Nottingham, Leicester, London and Southampton as people abide by new government rules. Pictured is the Westquay shopping centre in Southampton 







A cul-de-sac in Gloucester at the end of Chestnut Road was transformed into a temporary gym for more than 20 people







People across the country are adapting to a new way of life without their normal routines as some have even take to the streets exercise. Pictured: a coronavirus workout in Gloucestershire 







People keep their distance from each other during a group workout class in Hyde Park, London, this morning 















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The town centre of Windsor (pictured) was deserted this morning as the Castle shut its gates for the foreseeable future and people stayed away from the high street 


A cul-de-sac in Gloucester was transformed into a temporary gym for more than 20 people this morning, after personal trainer Sarah Burford put a call out on Facebook for a free workout session.   

One street market in Lymington, Hampshire continued to sell their wares today, continuing with business as usual - as it has done for more than 600 years and through previous crises.  

Meanwhile, police will seek out premises instructed to close which have remained open, and forcibly shut them down using powers granted by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime, and Policing Act 2014. 

Britain could remain on lockdown for one year, according to the scientists who told the Government to impose panicked and draconian Social Distancing Orders upon millions of Britons. 

Documents published by the Government's Scientific Advisory Committee for Emergencies suggest the extraordinary measures will need to be in place longer than mere weeks to prevent a mass outbreak.

They state: 'It was agreed that a policy of alternating between periods of more and less strict social distancing measures could plausibly be effective at keeping the number of critical care cases within capacity.

'These would need to be in place for at least most of a year. Under such a policy, at least half of the year would be spent under the stricter social distancing measures. The triggers for measures to be enacted and lifted could be set at a level of UK nations and regions (for example London).' 






Nottingham's Old Market Square and the surrounding streets (including Hockley, bottom left) were completely empty this morning as people stayed clear







A TK Maxx store in Cardiff is left empty after the company shut its UK stores yesterday due to coronavirus panic







A McDonald's in Windsor today was empty after the new rules announced by the Government last night







Cinemas and pubs (pictured in Leicester) will have no customers today as the country goes into lockdown following the PM's announcement last night







The Bluewater shopping centre in Kent was empty today as many shops shut there doors due to the lockdown announced







Stark pictures have emerged of empty town centres and roads as people abide by new Government rules, like in Windsor







A quiet M62 motorway near Liverpool this morning after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and gyms across the country to close







The extraordinary closure of leisure and hospitality venues, which does not include shops, came into effect at closing time last night. If you loved this article and you would like to get far more info regarding The Richard Harris Law Firm began with a single client and has grown kindly stop by our web site. Pictured: a restaurant in north London shuts up







London Underground trains not being used in east London on Saturday morning as the train service is cut back due to the coronavirus outbreak







The carpark of the East Midlands Designer Outlet was quiet today as people stay at home to stop the spread of the virus















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Elsewhere, families escaped the Cabin Fever of self-isolation by taking a long walk up Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain, as a gloomy week concludes with glorious weekend weather. 

The coronavirus death toll rose by 40 on Friday to 177, with almost 4,000 infected, although the Government on the advice of its scientific advisers speculate that the real figure is greater than 10,000. 

Yesterday a sombre-looking Mr Johnson demanded that pubs, restaurants, cinemas, gyms, and sports centres must close 'as soon as they reasonably can and not reopen' for at least two weeks. 

He said that measures outlined on Monday for people to voluntarily self-isolate now had to go further as he ordered certain businesses to close their doors for an initial 14 days.   

Meanwhile Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the Government will cover 80 percent of salaries of up to £2,500 each month, with workers staying on the books, and there will be no limit on the total cost. 

The scheme will be up and running by April 1 and be backdated to the start of the chaos. The Chancellor will also defer £30billion of VAT bills and boost welfare payments by £7billion.

Mr Sunak was panicked into two major interventions after economists criticised him for the smaller measures unveiled in his Budget - and trade unions slammed his £350billion package for not helping workers. 

Experts now forecast that Mr Sunak's intervention could save up to 800,000 jobs in Britain's workforce for if and when the country emerges through the Pandemic Crisis.   






Walkers on the route up to Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain, as the UK lurches towards a lockdown 







Large numbers of parked cars on the A470 leading to the walk up to Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain







Walkers on the route up to Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain, as the UK lurches towards a lockdown















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A closed pub in New Cross, south London, after the government ordered the closure of bars, clubs and restaurants due to the coronavirus outbreak







A closed Wetherspoon in Nottingham after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and gyms across the country to close







A quiet street in north London today as restaurants and cafes shut their doors for the foreseeable future 







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Windsor Castle is now closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future and even the royal mews is shut to official visits







A cafe in north London that would normally be busy on a Saturday morning had its metal shutters down today







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In-demand items, including face masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizers, soap and toilet roll are seen on display in a shop window in Brighton







Despite the nationwide lockdown some couples still got married today. Pictured: Joshua Bicknell, 32, and Jessica Coates, 31, stand at the entrance to Islington Town Hall following their civil partnership ceremony


The extraordinary closure of leisure and hospitality venues, which does not include shops, came into effect at closing time last night. Restaurants, bars and cafes will be allowed to remain open as takeaways.

The restrictions will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Mr Johnson warned those going out could become 'vectors of the disease for older relatives with potentially fatal consequences'.

Yesterday, Mr Johnson told the daily live broadcast from Downing Street: 'You may be tempted to go out tonight and I say to you please don't, you may think that you are invincible - but there is no guarantee that you will get it.

'But you can still be a carrier of the disease and pass it on.'

He added: 'I do accept that what we're doing is extraordinary - we're taking away the ancient inalienable right of freeborn people of the United Kingdom to go to the pub.'

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