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Lockdown leaves Norwich a ghost town on Easter bank holiday

PUBLISHED: 15:39 11 April 2020 | UPDATED: 17:47 11 April 2020

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Police Patrol Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Police Patrol Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

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There is a strange eeriness to the normally bustling Saturday streets of Norwich left devoid of all but a handful of shoppers.

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Police Patrol. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Police Patrol. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Gentleman’s Walk and London Street, normally thronged with weekend crowds, are instead all but deserted in this strange new ghost town..

The entrance to Chapelfield is without families thronging in and out.

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Woman wearing facemask on high street. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Woman wearing facemask on high street. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

The handful of shops still open include Tesco and Marks and Spencer’s food hall, with people forced to queue to enter in limited numbers. Some others stores have either been emptied of stock or, adding to the ghost town feel, boarded up altogether, including McDonald’s

On Norwich Market, normally so busy, the only stalls open were Paul’s Butchers, The Orient Express and Joe’s Pets.

Gentleman's Walk in Norwich at midday on Easter Saturday. Picture: Simon ParkinGentleman's Walk in Norwich at midday on Easter Saturday. Picture: Simon Parkin

What people that could be seen are a mixture of wary mask-wearing shoppers, cyclists and families strolling through on their hour of freedom.

Chapelfield Gardens would normally be a hive of activity with families enjoying the Easter funfair. But despite the glorious weather, few people could be seen with a handful sunbathing but most either walking through or cycling without stopping.

Shoppers at Pauls Butchers, one of just three stalls open on Norwich Market. Picture: Simon ParkinShoppers at Pauls Butchers, one of just three stalls open on Norwich Market. Picture: Simon Parkin

On the Riverside walk past Norwich Cathedral there were families to be seen stretching their legs and walking dogs in their hour of exercise, but a warniness of getting too close meant even here most were not keen to linger.

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Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. People wearing facemasks outside M&S Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. People wearing facemasks outside M&S Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

No shoppers to be seen at the deserted entrance to intu Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich. Picture: Simon ParkinNo shoppers to be seen at the deserted entrance to intu Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich. Picture: Simon Parkin

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

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Norwich City Centre on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich City Centre on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Empty junction of London Street and Castle Street in Norwich. Picture: Simon ParkinEmpty junction of London Street and Castle Street in Norwich. Picture: Simon Parkin

Boarded up McDonalds on Haymarket in Norwich added to the ghost town feel amid coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Simon ParkinBoarded up McDonalds on Haymarket in Norwich added to the ghost town feel amid coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Simon Parkin

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

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Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Just a handful of shoppers and cyclists on London Street in Norwich. Picture: Simon ParkinJust a handful of shoppers and cyclists on London Street in Norwich. Picture: Simon Parkin

An empty Chapelfield Gardens during the coronavirus lockdown. Picture: BRITTANY WOODMANAn empty Chapelfield Gardens during the coronavirus lockdown. Picture: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Chapelfield Gardens Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Normally busy Bedford Street in Norwich deserted amid coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Simon ParkinNormally busy Bedford Street in Norwich deserted amid coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Simon Parkin

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Norwich council building Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. Norwich council building Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

The Forum in Norwich without the usual cwods amid the coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Simon ParkinThe Forum in Norwich without the usual cwods amid the coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Simon Parkin

Norwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. St Peter Mancroft Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANNorwich on COVID19 Lock Down Easter 2020. St Peter Mancroft Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN


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