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Pictures show Cardiff Bay on a spring evening in lockdown

Tomorrow, the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, is expected to give an update on the ongoing pandemic and social distancing rules currently in place.

At the moment, the rules in Wales are different to those in England, who can travel to exercise. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has also announced plans to start the reopening of non-essential businesses from June 15th.

Mark Drakeford has already confirmed that there are no plans to ‘traffic light’ individual areas of Wales, as this would contribute to the confusion.

With record temperatures predicted for parts of the country this week and next, more people are venturing outdoors for their daily exercise.

As these pictures show, this is what Cardiff Bay is like on a warm spring evening as Wales remains in lockdown conditions.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Bill’s restaurant usually busy with restaurant-goers sits eerily quiet since its temporary closure.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Usually the terrace at The Dock would be packed full of patrons enjoying a glass or beer or wine while enjoying the view of the bay.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

The main shopping and eating area of the bay was quiet, as you would expect.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Gone are the outdoor seating for all of the restaurants, it’s strange not seeing the hustle and bustle of the lunchtime queue outside Nandos.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Cadwaladers has introduced a number of social distancing measures at its venue in the bay and is open.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

There are parts of the bay, including the basin area outside the Wales Millennium Centre, which provides ample room for people to spread out and stretch their legs.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

It’s strange not seeing boats, especially the water bus that would regularly take visitors to and from Cardiff City Centre.

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A hit with families, the carousel in the bay remains locked up and not in use at this time.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Cardiff Council has installed a number of signs to remind people to keep their distance.

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The skate park, along with the outdoor exercise and play areas all remain fenced off while in lockdown.

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An ice cream van in the distance can be seen serving customers. The majority move away and take their purchases elsewhere to consume, a number of people forget and linger nearby.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Walking around the bay is a surreal experience, it’s eerily quiet yet enjoyable. There are no boats jetting around to break the silence.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

While the majority adhere to keeping their distance, there are minorities of people that appear to forget that Wales is still in lockdown conditions, with many friends and families mixing as normal.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Again, an unusual sight not stopping and seeing boats pass through the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

Photo credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Usually you would struggle to find a car park space in a bay on an evening like this.

While many people were sticking to the two metre rule, we were taken back by the large groups of individuals roaming around the bay that had little regard for people’s personal space. We did see one patrol of three police officers when arriving, but that was it. Other than the fact that people weren’t outside drinking or eating, it was like any other warm spring evening in Cardiff Bay.

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