It’s the third day of the national coronavirus lockdown.
Here in Plymouth it has taken a couple days for it to ‘sink in’ and normal activity has now slowed right down.
My part-time job for a fashion brand had already pulled staff out of the department store House of Fraser on Saturday March 21, a couple days before official lockdown was announced by the UK government on March 23, so I’ve been fairly prepared and emotionally ready for the restrictions now in place.
The lockdown is in place to help slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which is highly infectious. People are only allowed to leave their homes for a few reasons at this time, one reason being permitted exercise such as a walk. This must be taken close to where you live and only with members of your household, or alone.
Feeling fortunate to live in a coastal area which is a within a short distance from Plymouth Hoe, I take a walk along the barbican, along past the Co-op on Notte street and then up through Hoe park.
Most noticeable difference is the peacefulness, no hum-drum of traffic in the surrounding city. Bird song is more elevated and the sound of little wavelets lapping along the shore can be heard clearly. The air smells fresher with much less smog and fumes from nearly non-existent traffic.
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Matthew talks of how life in Lockdown has affected him, his family and his work with Fotonow in the latest of Raman’s Covid Letters.
Anita reflects upon the early morning queues and “open” signs on her journey to work as Plymouth continues to emerge from Lockdown.
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