Bristol Covid lockdown: striking pictures of deserted streets from 2020

The first lockdown hit the city two years ago today

With Bristol as bustling as it ever was, it’s baffling to imagine that just two years ago its streets and parks stood empty as the first coronavirus lockdown hit the city.

Pubs, restaurants, hotels and non-essential shops downed shutters as the virus spread, with people told not to travel in or out of Bristol unless absolutely necessary when the lockdown came into force on March 23 2020.

Since then, it’s been a rough ride for many, with lives, businesses and jobs lost over the pandemic.

While cases are rising again, all legal restrictions came to an end earlier this month and the city’s economy finally seems to be getting back on its feet.

As Bristol recovers and rebuilds, it’s fascinating to look back over these eerie images which show iconic areas such as the Centre, Park Street and Queen’s Square abandoned.