The eerie quiet of Sheffield's streets after first Covid-19 lockdown four years ago

Sheffield's streets fell silent four years ago this month, after people across the country were urged to stay at home as Covid-19 began to spread.

The Covid-19 lockdowns all began four years ago this month.

On March 23, 2020 the then Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, told members of the public 'you must stay at home,' as he announced measures for the first national lockdown.

The lockdown measures came into force three days later, remaining in place for three months, as part of efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Just as with other parts of the country, Sheffield's non-essential shops were forced to close, and people across the city began working from home - many for the first time.

Several of the city's other industries such as hospitality and leisure also came to a grinding halt.

These eerie pictures demonstrate what became the new normal for hundreds of thousands of Sheffielders, as Fargate fell silent, leisure spaces were deserted, and noisy major roads were abandoned.

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