Central Manchester is almost a ghost town. Which is testament to the fabulous job we’re doing of being in lockdown. No one is risking non-essential travel, everyone is keeping their distance, and, though it looks like we’re not doing anything, we’re actually in the midst of a giant battle against an invisible enemy: Coronavirus.
Because of that, pubs, restaurants, theatres, hair salons, gyms, meeting places, leisure centres, museums, tourist attractions, and even churches have been closed. We’ve been advised against non-essential travel, to work from home where possible, and there are travel restrictions for international travel.
Coronavirus – or Covid-19 – is a dangerous virus which has left literally thousands of people in intensive care beds across the country, and, worse, a high mortality rate. It’s passed primarily through social contact, and people can pass on the virus even when they are not feeling ill.
Well, Manchester. It’s during times of adversity when we find out who we really are – and nothing has tested the people of our great city in the last 75 years as much as Coronavirus. It will be a challenge to beat the virus, but we CAN do it.
So please continue to follow the government advice: stay at home wherever possible, which will reduce the spread of the virus, protect the NHS, and, ultimately, save lives.
Stay safe, Manchester!
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