Lockdown Diary, Budapest

A man walks in an empty shopping street during curfew restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Budapest, Hungary, March 28, 2020. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
‘Ghost trains,’ Hungary’s emergency law, face masks and social distancing, restaurants’ pivot to takeout and delivery.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘G host trains” and ghost buses are the most visible and oddly comforting expression of Budapest’s lockdown. Because “essential workers” still have to get to and from work, and the other city-dwellers may have good reasons to move around the city, the regular train and subway services are running as before, and even keeping to their regular schedules. In the case of the Number Two train, which runs alongside the Danube past such city sights as the “Whale” gallery and cultural center and Hungary’s magnificent 19th-century Parliament building, this means that between six and eight trains pass by every hour. At


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