City centres deserted as coronavirus ‘lockdown’ takes hold

Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen deserted after UK and Scottish governments issue stay-at-home order.

City centres across Scotland are largely deserted as people comply with government orders to stay at home and only travel if absolutely necessary.

The country is currently on day two of an effective lockdown following the introduction of strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus announced by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday evening.

People should only go to the shops for essentials like food or medicine as infrequently as possible, and should not go out to see friends or family members who do not live at the same house.

Glasgow Subway said on Wednesday it will close early each night as the country gets to grips with the strengthened measures.

From Wednesday, the underground system will close at 9pm when the last train leaves St Enoch.

Police are also carrying out patrols in public spaces such as parks and have the power to issue fines and disperse groups of more than two people.

Many of Scotland’s iconic landmarks and main thoroughfares – including George Square in Glasgow, the Grassmarket in Edinburgh and Union Street in Aberdeen, have been eerily quiet this week as a result of the new curbs on everyday life.

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