These were the streets of Manchester that looked practically deserted on a sunny evening.
But this time it wasn’t because of a government-ordered lockdown to stop the spread of the corona virus.
The vast majority stayed at home on Tuesday evening to watch England’s crunch match against Germany in Euro 2020.
Barely a soul was found on Dan Gate, Peter Street, St. Peter’s Square.
Pubs and bars are looking forward to the busiest day of the year, although corona virus restrictions are still in place.
Football fans struggle to find a table in front of a TV screen anywhere in the center of the city.
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There are no places where spectators can congregate as the current rules mean that people are still only allowed to sit at the table in groups of up to six.
But some venues are doing their best, including the event in Stratford.
Hundreds of England fans watch the game in groups amidst metal barriers.
Connor Hartigan, 18, said: “The atmosphere is mint. It’s great to see everyone back and forth in the crowd. I don’t care what the score is until England win.
Stephen Hamid, a 31-year-old Manchester United fan from Bernice, said: “It’s really good, especially since they’re all England fans. It’s a really good atmosphere. I just hope England aren’t too defensive. Yes, but I would be happy if he wins.
England are ready for a place in the quarter-finals.
But for the first time since 1966, they will have to beat Germany in the knockout stage of the tournament.