As the San Francisco lockdown enters Day 3, the city’s streets are startlingly empty. The city’s 900,000 residents were forced to shelter in place until April 7th. It could be extended or shortened. People must stay home except for essential needs.
The governor of California issued a “stay at home” order effective Thursday night, and the entire state has changed drastically since then, including San Francisco. Similar rules are in place for the 6 million Bay Area residents in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
Vulnerable populations must stay home. Everyone else must stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. Here’s what San Francisco looks like during the coronavirus quarantine…
San Francisco Lockdown: Photos & Videos
Downtown San Francisco’s Financial District is a ghost town.
Rush hour in San Francisco is no longer an issue… The roads are empty
— Jack Hutton (@jackhutton) March 18, 2020
And public transport is just as eerily silent and empty.
Rush hour, 0650 Thursday morning heading to San Francisco. This platform is usually full pic.twitter.com/TW6MVtZn71
— Robert Olson (@RobertPOlsonCA) March 19, 2020
Restaurants are no longer serving dine-in meals – only takeout or delivery
These photographs of the San Francisco lockdown during lunchtime today show just how quiet the city is. No office workers mean no lunch rush…
— Freshhfotography (@Mannydesousa) March 19, 2020
Public parks are near-empty, with just a few people exercising. The Public Order rule states that it is OK to go outside for walks or bike rides if you are not in a group.
Stopped by Dolores Park around noon today when the sun was out in full force, a situation that is the TRUE test of San Francisco's social distancing.
— Jessica Christian (@jachristian) March 19, 2020
Most residents are following the order to stay at home
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott says that “It is a misdemeanor to not comply with the order and as a last resort we will be prepared to enforce.”
San Francisco , March 2020
Never thought I’d see empty streets in the city . (Photos taken from fb page) pic.twitter.com/06WEDIQIpk
— Mayreezy (@mayreeeeezy) March 18, 2020
Driving over the iconic Bay Bridge is very different during the San Francisco lockdown:
This key bridge links San Francisco with Oakland and other East Bay communities. Nearly 250,000 vehicles pass the bridge daily. Now? It’s yet another landmark standing empty.
The Bay Bridge this morning going into San Francisco. (I did not take this picture.). pic.twitter.com/n4q82jJeWt
— andjustice4some (@andjustice4some) March 20, 2020
VIDEO: 🇺🇸🇲🇾🇫🇷🇨🇿 Streets in cities across the globe — from San Francisco to Kuala Lumpur, Paris and Prague — lie practically empty as countries close schools, shops, public places, and put cities on lockdown to fight the #coronavirus pandemic pic.twitter.com/13QLEgXlIj
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 18, 2020