59 photos tracing Portsmouth's journey through lockdown so far

LIFE has changed a lot in Portsmouth since lockdown first began almost four months ago.

Sunday, 19th July 2020, 3:07 pm
Updated Sunday, 19th July 2020, 3:12 pm
Leigh Park children create driveway artwork to thank NHS staff ahead of the first Clap For Carers in April

We’ve gone from panic buying toilet roll and being locked up at home to being able to return to being able to see family and friends again, at a safe distance of course!

In recent weeks we have also seen shops reopen as well as pubs and restaurants. On Friday Boris Johnson announced more changes to existing lockdown restrictions.

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It started with the panic buying of toilet roll in early March, before the lockdown was officially announced - here is a picture of an empty aisle in Asda in Fratton at the time.

So much has happened since lockdown first began that you might not be able to remember it all!

We decided to dive into the photo archives to capture Portsmouth’s journey through the coronavirus crisis so far in 2020.

Make sure you click through to see all of the pictures!

The weekend before the lockdown began on March 23 and Southsea seafront was certainly busy.

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The weekend before the lockdown began on March 23 and Southsea seafront was certainly busy.
Shoppers wearing face masks in Commercial Road on March 20 before lockdown began.
Shoppers in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, on March 20, ahead of the lockdown began.
Primark shuts its doors on March 23, hours before lockdown was announced.
Burton closes its doors in Commercial Road
People in Portsmouth rushed out to get one final McDonald's before they shut on March 23.
People in Portsmouth rushed out to get one final McDonald's before they shut on March 23.
Southsea seafront was left eerily quiet as the lockdown began.
Southsea seafront was left eerily quiet as the lockdown began.
As lockdown began children made rainbow pictures and put them up in windows across the area, to help cheer up their community and spread some happiness - here is one from Erin Woodford (2) from Swanmore.
A runner taking advantage of the daily exercise allowance allowed during the lockdown
Southsea seafront was eerily quiet as lockdown began, much different from a few days earlier.
A woman wears a mask in Southsea on March 27.
What Gunwharf Quays looked like during the lockdown.
The M27 junction 12 for Portsmouth, looking very quiet during the lockdown in March.
A very quiet beach in Lee-on-the-Solent which shows no boats out in the Solent during the lockdown.
Leon's Bistro in Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the-Solent, closed during lockdown
Leigh Park children create driveway artwork to thank NHS staff ahead of the first Clap For Carers in April
Staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, show their appreciation to the community of Portsmouth during the first Clap for Carers at the start of April.
Martin and Teresa Rowe outside their home in Southsea take part in Clap for Carers.
Gavin and Zoe Farrow with their children, Reuben 10 and Harriett 13 to part in Clap for Carers.
The McGuire family clapping for the NHS at their home in Grosvenor House, Southsea.
Social distancing on the beach in Southsea near South Parade Pier.
Social distancing at the beach in Southsea near South Parade Pier.
Road closure on Eastney Esplanade during lockdown
Social distancing at Canoe Lake in Southsea.
Eerie pictures of Portsmouth from the Easter weekend. Pictured: Alexandra Park
Eerie pictures of Portsmouth from the Easter weekend. Pictured: South Parade Pier
Eerie pictures of Portsmouth from the Easter weekend. Picture: GV of Portsmouth with Portsmouth Football Club.
The water at the Hot Walls looks so inviting here. Taken by Michael Woods from local, family-run business Solent Sky Services. They're PFCO and fully insured commercial drone pilots.
The sea at the Hot Walls looked almost tropical as the sun shone down on it, on April 24.
Artist My Dog Sighs has created some artwork for The News, Portsmouth that would be auctioned to raise money for QA Hospital.
Portsmouth FC players Christian Burgess and Sean Raggett volunteering their time to help provide hot meals to people in the area who are isolated or in need of food.
Artists transformed billboards in Goldsmith Avenue with tributes to NHS
Artists transformed billboards in Goldsmith Avenue with tributes to NHS
We still managed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day despite lockdown - at a safe social distance of course!
We still managed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day despite lockdown - at a safe social distance of course!
The tips reopened on Monday, May 11 and people were eager to return to them - here are cars queuing at Bishop's Waltham Household Waste and Recycling Centre
The tips reopened on Monday, May 11 and people were eager to return to them - here is a loaded car queuing for Bishop's Waltham Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
Here's what the final Clap for Carers looked like when it took place at Queen Alexandra Hospital on Thursday, May 28.
Here's what the final Clap for Carers looked like when it took place at Queen Alexandra Hospital on Thursday, May 28.
Some pupils of Medina Primary School return to school on June 1 - Lexi, 5, in her class
Some pupils of Medina Primary School return to school on June 1 - Max, 9, in his class
Markets were allowed to reopen on June 1 - here is Fareham Market with social distancing guidelines in place
Fareham Market Manager Mike Jones as the market reopened on June 1.
There were long queues as McDonalds reopened its drive-thru restaurants across the city on Wednesday, June 3 - including at the one in Fratton
There were long queues as McDonalds reopened its drive-thru restaurants across the city on Wednesday, June 3 - here is what it was like at Speedfields Park, Fareham.
A socially distanced Black Lives Matter protest took place in Guildhall Square on June 4.
There were huge queues as Primark in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, reopened on Monday, June 15.
Claire Harper and her son, Harley 7 outside Nike store in Gunwharf Quays as it reopened.
Customers being allowed into the main area of Gunwharf Quays as it reopened.
Shoppers returned as Gunwharf Quays was allowed to open again.
Tony Watson with his dog, Muki at Cosham High Street as stores reopened.
General managers Penny and Mark Thornhill from the Inn on the Beach in Hayling Island, have also been making preparations for reopening on July 4, 2020.
Pompey fans weren't allowed in Fratton Park for the play-off game as it was behind closed doors but that didn't stop John Westwood celebrating outside the ground in Frogmore Road.
Popular salon owner Julie Erridge died aged 47 in February. Her brother Eden Furlong, who she owned the salon with, has renamed it Juliee's in memory of her as well as a total refurbishment. They reopened on Saturday, July 4.
Pubs reopened on Saturday, July 4 - (l to r) Katie and Liam Perkins, and Alice Hosker, drinking in the Monarch. Picture: Chris Moorhouse