Closed for Business

Closed for Business, Outside In:  is a series of glimpses through the windows of the shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers still shut down under Lockdown 3.  For a lot of businesses, this was the cruellest lockdown – many had spent the previous months closing, reopening, adapting, reinvesting, again and again; they prepared for some kind of a Christmas season – not a normal one of course but at least a chance to claw back a little much needed income. They invested scarce resources in hygiene equipment, screens, sanitising stations, Christmas decorations and in stock,  so the awful news in December that infections hospitalisations and deaths were rocketing, necessitating another immediate lockdown, was a bitter blow.