As social distancing continues, measures are being taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Millions of Americans are in some form of lockdown, as many cities and states urge citizens to stay inside during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As people remain isolated, cities that are usually filled with people and activities have begun to look deserted.
Drone-loving spectators nationwide have captured the likes of empty stadiums, empty parks, and silent streets.
Here are seven cities throughout the country that have been put on pause during this crisis.
The drone footage of Denver shows the emptiness of Denver during the coronavirus stay-at-home order. Video from the city even shows a completely empty Broncos stadium, a crazy sight for anyone who has packed into that stadium for football games. As of March 31, the United States has seen 188,172 cases.
Massachusetts declared a state of emergency on March 10, reported NBC Boston. The state has not issued a lockdown order. Even without locking down the city, video shows people in Boston are staying home. Footage shows the streets of Boston completely empty. Quincy Market, a popular historic place, shows no one walking around. Governor Charlie Baker said he is not planning any forced shelter-in-place order. The governor mentioned that the state has shut down enormous parts of their economy.
Nashville, a place where many go to listen to the sweet sounds of country music, now looks like a ghost town. Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order that limited the activity of some restaurants. The state closed gyms. Restaurants are banning sit-down dining but are offering drive through, takeout and delivery service. Video from the city shows a bunch of cars, but very few people wandering on the streets. After initially refusing to obey the mayor of Nashville's order to close over coronavirus concerns, Kid Rock's Honky Tonk & Steakhouse and Tootsie's Orchid Lounge announced that they will comply. This happened earlier in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced many restaurants to make strict rules to flatten the curve.
New York City
New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered a lockdown of the state’s residents. Bizarre footage shows the city that never sleeps and its empty streets, empty sidewalks, and very few people outside. Usually, the Big Apple is filled with traffic and many pedestrians. The number of coronavirus cases in New York state approached 84,000 on April 1 as the death toll doubled in three days to nearly 2,000.
At his daily press briefing, Cuomo said there were 83,712 cases in the state and 1,941 deaths. Cuomo said 12,226 patients were hospitalized and that 3,022 patients were in intensive care. Another 6,142 patients have been discharged from hospitals. Over 200,000 people in the state have been tested.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered all casinos in the state to close, which he calls a drastic move to save lives. The first to announce a full closure was Las Vegas Sands, announcing that its Venetian and Palazzo resorts, as well as the Las Vegas Sands Convention Center, would close temporarily as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shutter American businesses and drive workers and their families indoors. In a press release, Las Vegas Sands pledged to pay its team members and continue health benefits throughout the temporary closure, with no layoffs or furloughs planned at this time.
Video from San Francisco shows iconic tourist spots like Fishermen’s Wharf completely empty. On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a shelter-in-place order. Commenters on the YouTube video say they see the empty cities as a sign of hope. On March 5, Mayor London Breed said two patients have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.