The first weekend of lockdown measures in Sunderland in March 2020.

First Covid lockdown: 12 Sunderland pictures from first weekend of lockdown in March 2020

It’s two years since the first national lockdown was imposed in England - and we’re remembering when the streets in and around Sunderland were deserted on Saturday, March 28 of that year as Wearside entered its first “locked down” weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 23rd March 2022, 3:02 pm

That week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had announced a new set of measures to flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak, ordering the public to stay home to protect themselves, each other and the NHS – with few exceptions.

Our photographer headed out across Wearside on March 28, 2020, to take in the scene.

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