What Nottingham city centre was like on first weekend of Tier 2 lockdown restrictions – Nottinghamshire Live

We took a walk around the city centre during the first Saturday under Tier 2 restrictions

The streets of Nottingham city centre appeared much less vibrant on the first Saturday of new Tier 2 lockdown restrictions.

Revellers were few and far between in the city on Saturday (October 17) compared to the usual bustling streets, with residents staying home and sticking to the new guidance.

It comes just days after Nottingham was placed into the ‘high alert’ category for containing the Covid-19 outbreak, with the city’s case rate remaining the worst in the country.

The new rules mean people cannot meet friends or family from other households indoors, including in the city’s pubs, bars and restaurants.

The guidance does allow you to meet people from other households in an outdoor setting – permitting the ‘Rule of Six’ is met – and some bars in the centre did have tables filled outdoors.

However, the city lacked its usual noise, colour and fun compared to a traditional Saturday night.

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Areas like Hockley and the Lace Market remained notably quiet both in terms of sound and volume of people, with Pelham Street missing the crowds of people standing on its pavements.

Small groups of people were out on the city’s streets – presumably from the same household – though absence of the usual merry laughter and conversation was deafening in all corners of the centre.

Below are some pictures taken from the city’s streets, with a few comparison pictures from Saturday, October 10 – the last weekend before the Tier 2 rules came into force.