The zebra crossing located outside Abbey Road Studios is one of London's most popular tourist spots. Each year, thousands of Beatles fans journey to the six white stripes in London and re-create the iconic "Abbey Road" album cover.
But on Friday, the city went into lockdown. Nonessential businesses, including bars, restaurants, theaters, and gyms — temporarily closed, leaving the streets and tourist hot spots empty.
While the priority of the lockdown is to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading, the city has also seen it as an opportunity for maintenance work.
On Tuesday, city workers gave the Abbey Road crossing a fresh coat of paint.
The crossing's popularity pushed the city to register it for historic preservation in 2010. Castles, theaters, and cathedrals often earn the title, but this was the first for a crosswalk. The declaration means the crossing can be altered only with the approval of local authorities, according to Reuters.
Source: Monica Humphries