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

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 - Credit: Archant

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 WOODMAN

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

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 th

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 WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

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: B

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

The government has revealed a list of what businesses will be allowed to stay open during the countr

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

MORE: National Trust closes parks as it ramps up coronavirus responseOrdinarily, 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: BRIT

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

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: BR

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

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 mea

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

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

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

March 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Gentlemans Walk, Market Pict

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

March 22nd 2020 Mothers Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings Queues outside Boots Chemist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. St Andrew's Brewhouse Rest

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 WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

March 22nd 2020 Mother's Day. City is empty due to coronavirus warnings. Erpingham House Restaurant

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 WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

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

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


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