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Social distance and empty spaces: UK life under coronavirus lockdown

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 37: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 04: Olympic rower 31-year-old Polly Swann training at home during the coronavirus lockdown week seven on May 4, 2020 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The silver medallist has recently started working as a junior doctor in a Scottish hospital, having already completed her medical degree. The country continued quarantine measures intended to curb the spread of Covid-19, but the infection rate is falling, and government officials are discussing the terms under which it would ease the lockdown. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Following the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world in 2020, the U.K. responded by implementing a series of stringent counter measures from mid-March onwards, aimed at slowing the spread of the virus and easing pressure on the NHS. Three days after ordering schools across the country to close indefinitely, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict social distancing regulations on March 23, which were extended a further three weeks on April 16. These included a total ban on public gatherings of more than two people, the prohibition of travel other than for essential work and medical reasons, and that people were not to leave their homes other than to carry out one form of exercise daily. On May 10, the government set out guidelines on how the country would exit the lockdown, including plans to gently reduce social restrictions over time. 

With nationwide restrictions easing while the country begins to gradually open up again, we look at daily life around the country in pictures.

(Above) Olympic rower, 31-year-old Polly Swann trains at home during the lockdown week seven, in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 4. The silver medallist has recently started working as a junior doctor in a Scottish hospital, having already completed her medical degree.

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