This is how quiet key roads in Portsmouth were following start of lockdown in 2020
It has been a year since the first lockdown was announced.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on March 23, 2020, areas of Portsmouth that were usually bustling with people and road traffic were left looking eerily quite.
Pictures from one year ago show how key roads, including the M27 and A27, were carrying just a handful of vehicles at what would normally be the peak of rush hour.
Other routes, including Portsmouth Road and Northern Road in Cosham, looked eerily quiet in the aerial images captured by drone pilot Mark Cox.
It came after prime minister Boris Johnson announced the first of three lockdowns - and it meant that Britons could only leave their homes for essential shopping, work which cannot be done at home, exercise once a day or to give or receive care.
The action in March 2020 was taken after people across the country, including in Southsea and Lee-on-the-Solent, were seen to flout social distancing rules in their hundreds.
Following the lockdown announcement one year ago, Southsea seafront was also looking rather bare as it appeared only to have been visited by people taking up their once-a-day chance for outdoor exercise.
Portsmouth remains in the midst of a third national lockdown, but measures are starting to be eased – with schools reopening earlier this month.