THIS was the evening ‘rush hour’ in normally bustling Ballymena town centre on Wednesday during the coronavirus pandemic.
This scene was captured at 5pm at Church Street which would normally be filled with traffic on the road and shoppers pounding the pavements as well as workers heading home for the day.
One local said: “It was so quiet I was almost waiting for a tumbleweed to roll down the street”.
Elsewhere in Ballymena, Dalriada Urgent Care at Larne Road Link is now a ‘Covid-19 Centre’
And the words ‘Stay Safe’ dominated a prominent billboard in the town centre.
Meanwhile, police seized a car from a ‘day tripper’ who made a 50 mile trip and had driven right down to the Giant’s Causeway.
Normally traffic is not allowed down the winding slope from the visitors’ centre to the world famous stones and instead people have to walk.
The PSNI Roads Policing Facebook page said on Wednesday: ‘We are conducting patrols to encourage you to adhere to the Northern Ireland Executive’s direction on COVID19.
‘We are talking to anyone we see to make sure we all know what we should be doing to keep everyone safe.
‘Unfortunately the driver of this car at the Giant’s Causeway had driven some 50 miles to visit this iconic place…..without MOT, tax or Insurance. The vehicle has been seized. #StayHomeSaveLives.’