For the last seven days, Manchester city centre has become less and less busy.
As the Coronavirus pandemic worsens and stricter measures are put in place by the government, the streets are quiet. Very quiet.
This week, photos of the Manchester Arndale emerged online showing it in a desolate state at 5pm on a Wednesday – a time when our main shopping centre is rammed with people making their way home from work.
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When these photos were taken, the city centre was quieter than usual, but not as quiet as it has been in the last 48 hours following the government's orders for bars, restaurants, cafes and other venues to shut their doors for the foreseeable future.
With that, more and more people are now staying behind closed doors. The public have been told not to go out, and if they do, to keep their distance from others.
Today, in Manchester city centre, this was more evident than ever. Popular Manchester photographer Andrew 'Aitch' Hayhurst documented this in a series of incredible photographs, and has kindly sent them over to us to share.
Before you get lost in the photographs, make sure you give Andrew a follow on Instagram here – where you can see all of his amazing work.