Saturday, 21 March 2020

Nation's streets and open spaces are deserted as Britons awake to a new dawn without pubs, restaurants, leisure centres, cinemas and gyms due to coronavirus

The nation's streets and open spaces have been left deserted today as Britons woke to a new dawn without pubs, restaurants and other services due to coronavirus.

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

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.

Yesterday the Prime Minister told his daily press conference that social premises also including theatres, cinemas, gyms and sports centres must close 'as soon as they reasonably can and not reopen tomorrow'. 

A sombre-looking Boris Johnson 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, after which it will be reviewed. 

The town centre of Windsor was deserted this morning as the Castle shut its gates for the foreseeable future and TK Maxx stores across the country closed. 

Shopping centres and markets 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.

The coronavirus death toll rose by 40 on Friday to 177, with almost 4,000 infected, although the real figure is believed to be greater than 10,000. 

It has also been revealed that Britain could remain on lockdown for an entire year, according to the scientists who told Boris Johnson to impose social distancing rules.

The social restrictions however do not apply to supermarkets and early this morning shoppers were seen queuing outside food shops to get their hands on supplies.  

London Underground trains that are no longer in use due to the reduced service running in the capital are being stored in east London.  

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