Boarded-up McDonald’s and empty buses: Norwich during coronavirus lockdown

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Cattle Market Street, empty.Picture

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Cattle Market Street, empty.Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

As the nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus approaches the two-week mark, Norwich remains still.

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the Royal Arcade Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

Businesses across the city centre have closed for the foreseeable future from boutique shops in the lanes to the boarded-up McDonald’s on Hay Hill.

Buses, however, continue to drive through Castle Meadow, although they are largely empty, except from the occasional key worker.

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the Royal Arcade Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

Shoppers snake round the city streets for supermarkets, such as Tesco Metro on Guildhall Hill, where pavements are marked with tape two metres apart to help maintain social distancing.

Police officers can be seen patrolling and ready to enforce measures such as fines for those who flout government guidelines to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the Royal Arcade Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant


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The market, a vibrant hub of multinational food stores and workers grabbing lunch, is silent but the iconic striped coloured roofs glint in the sun.

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the Royal Arcade Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the Royal Arcade Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the Royal Arcade Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the

Norwich city centre during Coronavirus lockdown 31st March 2020. Lady wearing face mask outside the Royal Arcade Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

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