My photographs from St Patrick’s Day (Tuesday 17th March) were printed in The Argus today. The photos in the two-page spread show empty pubs, restaurants and takeaways, showing the effects of the government’s initial recommendation that the public stay home. This was almost a week before today’s full lockdown announcement.
I also made a point of mentioning the lack of support for the people affected by the closures. Many people working in leisure are freelancers and workers on zero-hour contracts. As of today there has still been no support offered to these workers, although there are rumblings that a package of support for self-employed people will emerge later this week.