Coronavirus: First day of UK cafe and pub coronavirus shutdown

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Britons are spending their weekends away from many public spaces, after the PM ordered cafes, pubs and restaurants to close and urged people to avoid socialising. Here's what it looked like.

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In central Leeds, two friends enjoyed a fast food lunch together at a safe distance, as takeaways are still allowed to open
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Among those whose plans have been disrupted is Erin, 7, who had an impromptu party in her local park in Manchester after her original party venue was closed
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Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre is usually heaving on a Saturday but was virtually empty
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Similarly, Piccadilly Circus in central London - usually busy with tourists and theatre-goers - is quiet
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Cafes - including this one in Leeds - adapt to the takeaway only rule
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And workers at a brewery in Congleton create a drive-thru menu to practise social distancing
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Tape is put on the floor at a small Tesco store to mark how far customers should stand apart
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But some outdoor public spaces remain busy, with people relaxing along the River Thames in south-west London
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Also busy was Costco in Glasgow, where members of the public queued to get in before it opened
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Meanwhile, graffiti on Brighton beach urged people to stop panic buying. "We're hungry," it read
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Also in Brighton, in-demand items including hand sanitiser and toilet roll are on display
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A sign pictured on a street in London offers support to people who are in self-isolation
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In Leeds, a man in a 17th Century plague doctor costume carries a sign with a warning
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Horses from a racing stables are taken for a ride next to Ogmore Castle in Glamorgan, as all horse racing fixtures are suspended until the end of April

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