Excessive streets, which might often be teeming with final minute Christmas customers, had been empty in any case non-essential shops had been instructed to shut from midnight on Sunday.
Oxford Avenue and Regents Avenue had been largely desolate this morning and nearly all of shops and eating places had been shut in London’s largest buying centres in what would often be one of many busiest weeks of the 12 months.
It comes after a mass exodus of the capital on Saturday night time and Sunday morning because the Authorities banned journey from Tier 4 areas over Christmas and other people rushed to beat a 48-hour ban on flights from Britain to Eire.
Trains from Kings Cross to the North East had been offered out on Saturday night time as folks desperately tried to get dwelling to households for the festive interval.
One traveller described an “exodus of Irish” as crowds queued at Heathrow hoping to catch the ultimate flight of the night to Dublin.
The Irish Authorities gave the inexperienced gentle to a final minute later flight, described as a “Christmas miracle” by one traveller.
In Dover, there have been related scenes as passengers tried to cross the Channel earlier than the UK-French border was closed amid issues about rising Covid-19 instances and a brand new pressure of the virus.
France can be amongst various European nations to implement journey restrictions within the wake of a brand new mutant pressure of coronavirus sweeping by way of South East England.
The brand new variant of the virus is probably 70 per cent extra transmittable based on early knowledge.
Passengers who had been planning to journey for Christmas who’ve cancelled their plans could have their practice and coach bookings refunded, the Authorities has introduced.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated clients won’t be “neglected of pocket” for “doing the precise factor” amid the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions throughout the UK.
Money refunds can be supplied for cancelled rail and coach bookings in England for the earlier Christmas journey win-dow of December 23 to 27, the Division for Transport (DfT) stated.
Tickets will solely be refunded in the event that they had been bought after the journey window was introduced on November 24 and earlier than it was amended on December 19.
Passengers are suggested to examine their practice or coach operator’s web site for methods to declare.