Eery streets, empty pubs and deserted roads: Pictures from the first days of lockdown in Newport


A stillness descended on the city of Newport as lockdown rules came into force on March 23

It has been almost 150 days since lockdown called a halt to people’s lives across Wales and the UK.

On 23 March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a host of never-before-seen measures to protect the health of the public.

Leaders in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland followed suit, and soon businesses and schools closed, millions of people were placed on furlough, and those who were not began working from home.

Five months later, people in Wales are beginning to get used to the “new normal” as lockdown restrictions were gently eased over the summer months.

But the sudden halt to life had a profound effect on the city of Newport.

WalesOnline, its photographers, and contributors all captured images of the city in a state of stillness not often seen previously.

As people were asked to stay indoors on Friday night, usually crowded bars in the city centre were almost deserted.

The owners of pubs, restaurants, cafes, and shops waited for instructions that they should close, as Commercial Street, Friars Walk and Kingsway began to look deserted.

And the M4 motorway was the clearest it has ever been after commuters were barred from leaving home unless they were key workers and unable to perform their role at home.

These are the pictures of life in Newport as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in Wales.

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