York on lockdown: The city centre looks very different today

Bootham – almost deserted. Photographs: Richard McDougall

York was eerily quiet as day one of the lockdown took hold.

The city centre was very subdued but not empty this morning. Most shops are now shut except for those on the government’s essentials list, including food shops.

The new restrictions on Shambles Market meant that only food stalls were open.

A dog walker reads the notice on a closed Museum Gardens

Most pharmacies are operating a one-in, one-out policy.

The city walls are shut to enforce the social isolating policy.

And the Museum Gardens are also closed. A notice on the gates said: “The recent fine weather has seen large numbers of people using the space, putting social distancing measures at risk.”

These pictures, taken between 9am and 10am this morning (Tuesday, 24 March) by our photographer following the social isolating rules, tell the story.

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