Lockdown Blog #5: Lockdown and Lockdown Easing

September 13, 2020  •  3 Comments

East LothianEast LothianComposite of traffic on A1 change over time during Covid-19 pandemic with different Scottish Government travel advice slogans, Scotland, UK

Scottish Government travel advice pandemic slogans on the A1

We are now several months into ‘lockdown easing’*. However, new restrictions are beginning to come into force and who knows what things will be like in another few months. It seems an appropriate time to write what I think will be – though these are uncertain times - my last Lockdown Blog.

   FoodFoodAsda superstore, The Jewel, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. 16th Mar, 2020. Panic buying continues. The baking potato crates are completely empty EdinburghEdinburghAsda superstore, The Jewel, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. 16th Mar, 2020. Panic buying continues: many shelves are empty in the supermarket. Tinned goods are in short supply

Empty supermarket shelves before lockdown

Lockdown happened suddenly but even before March 23rd people had started to behave differently and ‘social distancing’ was already a new phrase. Panic buying in the weeks leading up to lockdown led to empty supermarket shelves.

EdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. 23rd March, 2020. Empty streets during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic . The Royal Mile at Canongate is deserted   EdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. 23rd March, 2020. Empty streets during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Castlehill on the Royal Mile is deserted

Unusual empty streets in Edinburgh: The Royal Mile on March 23rd 2020
EdinburghEdinburghPortobello, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. 19th March 2020. Edinburgh Science Festival: the only event in the now cancelled programme. The Science Festival team practice social distancing

The only event in the 2020 Science Festival: an outdoor photography exhibition on Portobello promenade;

The festival staff practise social distancing

Whenever I went out on essential journeys or local walks, I took my camera with me to photograph changes to the environment. Shopfronts with closed notices; barriers at beach carparks; empty streets and train station carparks; closed playgrounds; mothballed Fred Olsen cruise ships in the Firth of Forth; seafront benches moved to discourage people from sitting in them; painted stones with messages of hope; police beach patrols; socially distanced queues at the supermarket or a bank. And lots and lots of Covid-related signs, rainbows in windows as well as pavement and cycle lane widening measures. All these became the ‘new normal’.

East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 30th March 2020. Covid-19 Coronavirus lockdown. People queue outside a Royal Bank of Scotland branch keeping 2m apart    East LothianEast LothianNorth Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 2nd April 2020. Covid-19 Lockdown: shoppers queue at safe social distancing at Tesco supermarket during the Coronavirus pandemic

Socially distanced queues at the bank and supermarket

East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 30th March 2020. Covid-19 Coronavirus lockdown. Shops in the High Street are shut and the street deserted    East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 30th Mar, 2020. Covid-19 Coronavirus lockdown. The Town House with deserted Market Street and High Street

Empty streets in Haddington, normally a bustling market town

   East LothianEast LothianBarrier blocking access to Gullane beach carpark during Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, East Lothian, Scotland, UK East LothianEast LothianEast Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 1st April 2020. Covid-19 Lockdown: The Longniddry Bents beach carparks are shut to encourage people to social distance

East Lothian's popular beach carparks closed to encourage people to stay at home

East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 30th March 2020. Covid-19 Coronavirus lockdown. A notice outside a local pharmacy warning people not to enter    East LothianEast LothianNorth Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 20th April 2020. Covid-19 Lockdown: The normally busy seaside town is unusually quiet. Bostock Bakery is offering home deliveries

A chemist remains open with a warning notice but a bakery is closed

East LothianEast LothianEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. 1st April 2020. Covid-19 Lockdown: the Lothian bus depot at Seafield is shut down with large numbers of buses parked in lines    East LothianEast Lothian

Lothian buses mothballed; out-of-service Fred Olsen cruise ships anchored in the Firth of Forth

East LothianEast LothianLongniddry, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 14th April 2020. Covid-19 lockdown: Longniddry railway station carpark is normally completely full on a weekday    East LothianEast LothianNorth Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 20th Apr, 2020. Covid-19 Lockdown: Wooden benches from around the picturesque harbour have been moved to discourage people from resting

An empty station carpark at Longniddry; benches moved from North Berwick harbour to discourage people sitting

East LothianEast LothianLeith, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. 22nd April 2020. Covid-19 Lockdown: the Shore Deli Co takeaway sandwich shop closed down during the Coronavirus pandemic    East LothianEast LothianSteampunk cafe closed down due to Coronavirus pandemic with customer notice on door, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, UK

Closed cafes

East LothianEast LothianNorth Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 20th Apr, 2020. Covid-19 Lockdown: The Scottish Seabird Centre, a popular tourist attraction, is closed    East LothianEast LothianNotice pinned to fence from NFU about Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic safety measures to keep safe and maintain social distancing, Scotland, UK

Scottish Seabird Centre closed; Coronavirus countryside rules

East LothianEast LothianChildren's playground closed due to Covid-19 Coronoavirus pandemic lockdwon on sunny day, Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland, UK    East LothianEast LothianNorth Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 8th May, 2020. Lockdown: Glen golf club remains shut and the carpark cordoned off with a barrier

A playground out-of-bounds for children; Glen Golf Club in North Berwick closed

East LothianEast Lothian    East LothianEast LothianAberlady nature reserve, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 11th May, 2020. UK Weather: A notice on the narrow wooden pedestrian footbridge urges people to take turns crossing

Nobody around to enjoy North Berwick-in-Bloom's flowers; Aberlady nature reserve Covid-19 measures

Due to my husband undergoing medical treatment, we had frequent hospital appointments in Edinburgh during lockdown. So, I made the most of the time I had to wait (I was not allowed to accompany him) by taking Covid-19 photos around the hospital.

EdinburghEdinburghWestern General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. 13th Mar, 2020. Coronavirus warning temporary sign on the entrance doors to an out patient wing    EdinburghEdinburghWestern General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 13th March 2020. Coronavirus testing unit temporary sign

Coronavirus warning notice and testing centre at the Western General Hospital

East LothianEast LothianEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 7th July 2020. New cycle lanes at Western General hospital: Edinburgh City Council has created new cycle lanes

New cycle lane created on route to the hospital

My route to the nearest town takes me over the A1 and it was fascinating to see how the Scottish Government’s travel advice pandemic slogans changed over the months. From ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ to “Stay Safe, Protect Others, Save Lives’ to ‘Plan Ahead, Stay Safe, Save Lives’ and finally ‘Local Travel Restrictions, Stay Safe’ as areas in the North of England went back into lockdown.

East LothianEast LothianThank You NHS sign outside Loretto School, Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, UK East LothianEast LothianThe Cooperative Funeral home shop window with stay safe rainbow drawings of hope during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, High Street, North Berwick, Scotland, UK East LothianEast LothianCoronavirus Covid-19 hope rainbow drawing in Victorian house window during pandemic lockdown, East Lothian, Scotland, UK

Rainbows, rainbows, rainbows

East LothianEast LothianAberlady Parish Church with Coronavirus Covid-19 funeral notice on gate on sunny Summer day, East Lothian, Scotland, UK    East LothianEast Lothian

Aberlady Church with a Covid-19 funeral notice; hand painted stones with messages of hope and thanks line Port Seton promenade

As businesses and organisations began to open up again, it provided opportunities to document how new measures were put in place as well as the opening days at various sites.

East LothianEast Lothian    East LothianEast LothianPolicewomen patrol the beach during Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, UK

Police patrols in North Berwick

East LothianEast LothianCockenzie, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. 16th May, 2020. Covid-19 testing station:

Covid testing station in Cockenzie

I have photographed the re-opening of a bowling club, a golf course, historic castles, coastal walking routes, local shops and takeaways as well as the first pubs to open, a walled garden, a sports centre and a Farmer’s market. A neighbour’s children started their first day of High School and they were kind to let me take photos of them setting off for school. As people started to go out more and the new rules about wearing face masks came into force, there were new perspectives of people going about their everyday activities.

East LothianEast LothianNorth Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 28th May 2020. Easing of lockdown restrictions: Alandas award-winning ice cream shop has reopened during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. A    East LothianEast Lothian

Takeaways reopen with Covid-safe measures: Alandas ice cream and Drift cafe in North Berwick

East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom 2nd July 2020. Covid-19 life: East Lothian Council has put up new signs about keeping safe    East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom 2nd July 2020. Covid-19 life: a notice allowing a maximum of 3 customers in the store at any time during the pandemic

Haddington begins to open up again

East LothianEast Lothian    East LothianEast LothianNorth Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 18th July 2020. UK Weather: Parking spaces in the narrow High Street have been removed and the pavements areas widened

North Berwick opens up: The popular Lobster Shack with a social distancing queuing system & increasing pedestrian space in the narrow High Street

East LothianEast Lothian    East LothianEast LothianKilspindie Golf Club, Aberlady, Scotland, UK, 29 May 2020. Golf Club reopening: Benches are taped off so no-one can sit on them

Kilspindie Golf Course reopens: club captain, Dr Mitchell and Do Not Sit Here benches

East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, UK, 03 June 2020. Scotland's oldest bowling club reopens after lockdown restrictions are eased.    East LothianEast Lothian

Greenkeeper prepares for reopening of Haddington Bowling Club; mother and daughter meet for the first time since lockdown

East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 18th June 2020. Two workmen in yellow vests queue outside the takeaway sandwich shop    East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 18th June 2020. The Cheese Lady, aka Svetlana Kukharchuk, is the smallest shop in the market town and can only fit one customer in at a time

Greggs and The Cheese Lady - the smallest shop in Haddington - reopen 

EdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 8th July 2020. A couple wearing face masks with a Boots chemist shopping bag walking past Boots the Chemist shop    EdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 8th July 2020. A group of black men wearing face masks walking past Zara clothing store sale window

The 'new normal' in Princes Street, Edinburgh

East LothianEast LothianGullane, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 31st July 2020. UK Weather: Gullane beach is packed with people. A sign advising people to maintain social distance    East LothianEast LothianEast Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 7th July 2020. UK Weather: A mother and children walk past a physical distancing sign

One way systems in place at Gullane beach and Yellowcraigs

I was pleased to witness kite surfers returning to the Firth of Forth for the first time on a beautiful but very windy sunny day, as well as the first outing of both East Lothian Yacht Club’s sailing dinghies and North Berwick coastal rowing club’s Covid-safe St Ayle’s skiff.

East LothianEast LothianFirth of Forth, Scotland, United Kingdom, 6th June 2020. UK Weather: a group of kite surfers return to the sea after lockdown easing allows some outdoor sports. After a dull start on a stormy day

Kite surfers return to the Firth of Forth

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First outings for East Lothian Yacht Club and North Berwick Coastal Rowing Club

East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, UK, 15th July 2020. Amisfield Walled Garden reopens: Kate and Claire bring a picnic walking down a broad footpath

Amisfield Walled garden reopens a few days a week with a booking system in place

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The first day back at school; also the first day of High School for twins Louisa & Imogen

East LothianEast LothianMedieval knight with sword, hemet & shield wearing face mask and one way system sign, Tantallon Castle, East Lothian, Scotland, UK East LothianEast Lothian

First day for visitors to Historic Scotland's castles: Tantallon Castle & Dirleton Castle.

Andrew Spratt aka Man at Arms welcomes the first visitors


East LothianEast LothianNorth Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 13th August 2020. Covid-19 effects:    East LothianEast LothianNational Museum of Flight, East Fortune, East Lothian, Scotland, 5th August 2020. Museum of Flight reopening:

Fringe by the Sea in photographs only this year; The Morrison family enjoy the first day at the Museum of Flight after lockdown

East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 11th July 2020. The Fidra gin stall attracts customers wearing face masks    East LothianEast LothianHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 11th July 2020. Laura and Matt have made their own colourful matching face masks and bought a packet of Mungoswells locally milled flour

The first Farmer's Market in Haddington after lockdown

EdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 6th July 2020. #MissingLiveTheatre at Lyceum Theatre    EdinburghEdinburghLeith, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 6th July 2020. James enjoys a pint standing outside the Malt & Hops traditional pub and demonstrates his 2m standing space with a tape measure

A protest about theatres remaining closed at the Lyceum in Edinburgh; James demonstrates 2m rule on first day pubs are open in Leith

It felt like I had taken more photos than I normally would; however my computer tells me that I have taken approximately 3,300 fewer. Covering events and Edinburgh festivals and travel around the world in normal times clearly makes a big difference to these statistics.

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Enjoy Leisure staff clean between pool sessions on first day of North Berwick sports centre reopening;

that's known as a 'fogger' or 'mister' apparently

*There are many new phrases that govern our lives now that didn’t exist before the pandemic eg lockdown and lockdown easing, Covid-safe, social distancing, the Rule of Six.

 


Comments

Johnston Craig(non-registered)
Six crazy months of history in pictures.
Great job.
Judith(non-registered)
It is so easy to forget what it was like, and this is a wonderful record of very peculiar times.
Lyn Reynolds(non-registered)
So much history made in 6 months and so well recorded in words and pictures.
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