Sheffield lockdown: Streets deserted and car park EMPTY at Meadowhall as second lockdown begins

A normally rammed Meadowhall has been pictured abandoned after its non-essential stores were forced to close over the second lockdown of 2020.

Friday, 6th November 2020, 9:59 am

These drone images, taken by 7 Hills Events, show a deserted car park and quiet streets around the centre as shoppers withdraw to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced that all non-essential retail outlets would have to close during a month-long lockdown which will last until December 2.

A small handful shops selling ‘essential’ goods, such as Marks and Spencer and Boots, along with banks like HSBC, have been allowed to remain open at the centre.

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The usually rammed shopping centre stands abandoned after all of its non-essential stores were forced to close over lockdown. Photo by 7 Hills Events.

Some retailers are still offering click-and-collect services and selected restaurants are open for takeaway or delivery.

Under new government measures, shoppers must not visit Meadowhall with anybody who is not part of their household or support bubble.

The streets around the centre were also unusually quiet. Photo by 7 Hills Events.

Shoppers are still required to wear a face covering at all times, use hand sanitising stations and use a one-way system.

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