March 19, 2020 12.45 pm This story is over 50 months old

Brayford ghost town: Businesses close in Lincoln city centre

The city centre is eerily quiet

By Local Democracy Reporter

Restaurants on the Brayford Wharf in Lincoln have been forced to temporarily close their dining areas by the coronavirus outbreak.

Along with a number of other city centre closures, the area has become eerily quiet.

Minerva building on Brayford Pool was clear this morning. The University of Lincoln has moved to online learning.

The view from a deserted High Street

Zizzi, Prezzo and ASK Italian have shut doors to the restaurant seating areas until further notice.

Both will remain available for takeaway orders but won’t allow dine-in customers until the COVID-19 situation becomes clearer.

Zizzi have put this notice up in their window

Lincoln ODEON Cinema announced on Wednesday, March 18 that it would be closing for the foreseeable future.

ODEON closed their all their cinemas

Harvester announced on Tuesday, March 17 that it would be staying open for business, but reiterated the importance of safety.

“We have been following the expert advice laid out by the government and public health officials on how businesses should prepare.”

Royal William IV is also understood to still be open to customers.

Harvester keeping doors open for customers

We couldn’t find any form of announcements from Samba Brazil, Nando’s or Prezzo.

Brayford Wharf North looking quiet this morning

High Street looking quiet too

Lincoln High Street is also falling victim to the self-isolation and social distancing saga.

Very few shoppers out today

HSBC on Lincoln High Street was closed on Thursday, March 19 “due to an unconfirmed case of coronavirus.”

It is expected to reopen on April 2.

Photo: Joesph Verney

Photo: Joesph Verney

Lloyds Bank will be altering their opening and closing times as a result of the new coronavirus guidelines, operating between 9am and 4:30pm.

Lloyds bank opening times have changed

Carluccio’s has also closed for the foreseeable future, following suit with other restaurant chains in the city.

Carluccio’s next to close

We will have a full list of businesses who are offering delivery for the coronavirus outbreak later today.

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