Lockdown Eve in Exeter

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On 5 November England entered its second lockdown of 2020. Richard Sharman visited the city of Exeter in Devon on lockdown eve to see what the bus usage was like and what social distancing measures were in place in the city

On any normal day, Exeter is a bustling city with a population of over 129,800 people and an additional student population of over 25,200, with more than 5,400 students being from the international community. On lockdown eve, Wednesday 4 November, it was many people’s final opportunity to meet in large groups or go to certain shops that would be closed for the duration of lockdown.

This was certainly in evidence on the day, with large groups of students taking advantage of the many pubs and bars that were selling food and alcohol at half price to clear stock levels. By late afternoon a large group had gathered on the High Street to sing Wonderwall by Oasis, badly!

A recent repaint into local livery is ADL Enviro400 15888. RICHARD SHARMAN

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