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See the streets of Norwich bare in broad daylight as city-goers steer clear

PUBLISHED: 17:13 22 March 2020 | UPDATED: 08:52 23 March 2020

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

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A little over a week ago and a walk around the city centre presented very much a “calm before the storm” feel.

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

While convenience shop shelves were emptied and hand sanitiser could not be found for love nor money, the streets were still very much alive.

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. John Lewis is closed for the first time in its history. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. John Lewis is closed for the first time in its history. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Fast forward to Sunday, March 22 - Mother’s Day - and the streets of Norwich tell a vastly different story.

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. City centre M&S Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. City centre M&S Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

The government has revealed a list of what businesses will be allowed to stay open during the country's three week lockdown Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANThe government has revealed a list of what businesses will be allowed to stay open during the country's three week lockdown Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

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Ordinarily, Mothering Sunday would see families out in force, particularly on a day with such glorious sunshine and clear skies.

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus Warnings. Card Factory Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus Warnings. Card Factory Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

However, today, Norwich is a ghost city - the streets pounded by very few feet and shutters down across the board.

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Gentlemans WalkPictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Gentlemans WalkPictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Just weeks ago, the sight of empty streets in Norwich on a beautiful and bright Sunday would have been almost unthinkable. Today, it is a reality.

The government has revealed a list of what shops will and won't close during the latest lockdown measures Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANThe government has revealed a list of what shops will and won't close during the latest lockdown measures Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Royal Arcade Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Royal Arcade Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Gentlemans Walk, Market Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Gentlemans Walk, Market Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings Queues outside Boots Chemist Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings Queues outside Boots Chemist Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings The Ivy Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings The Ivy Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings London Street, The Cosy Club . Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings London Street, The Cosy Club . Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings Revolution De Cuba Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings Revolution De Cuba Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. St Andrew's Brewhouse  Restaurant which would have been packed on Mother's Day.Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. St Andrew's Brewhouse Restaurant which would have been packed on Mother's Day.Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Erpingham House Restaurant which would have been packed on Mother Day.Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Erpingham House Restaurant which would have been packed on Mother Day.Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Tombland. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANMarch 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Tombland. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

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