Coronavirus pandemic sees ‘rush hour’ dramatically transformed to hush hour in normally bustling Ballymena

DESERTED...5pm, Wednesday April 1, 2020, Church Street, Ballymena.

THIS was the evening ‘rush hour’ in normally bustling Ballymena town centre on Wednesday during the coronavirus pandemic.

The shutters were down on businesses.


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”.

Dalriada Urgent Care in Ballymena is now a ‘Covid-19’ Centre.


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.

A ‘Stay Safe’ billboard at Broughshane Street in Ballymena.


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.

A car at the Giant’s Causeway. Picture: PSNI.


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.

Police were also checking out Ballintoy Harbour. Picture: PSNI.


‘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.’

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