For anybody who has ever visited this iconic city – or who lives there – the traffic, bustle and sheer energy of the place is what captures your mind. With the coronavirus bringing panic, the mayor has ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay home except for essential trips beginning tonight.
With a population of 4 million, the City of Angels has changed overnight. You can see for yourself just how drastic the change is through the lockdown photos and videos of LA that are starting to emerge….
One of the world’s most exclusive streets, Rodeo Drive is like a ghost town…
Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
No one on the street because of the Coronavirus fear.
George Vreeland Hill #CALockdown #StayAtHome #CoronaVirusUpdate #coronavirus #LosAngeles #GeorgeVreelandHill #coronapocalypse pic.twitter.com/eEZcvkHwyf
— George Vreeland Hill (@georgevhill) March 20, 2020
The normally packed freeways that often grind to a halt are quickly emptying, as people grab last minute supplies. Gridlock is a thing of the past for now…
WHAT TRAFFIC? As more people follow the recommendations of public health officials to stay home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the impact was clear on Los Angeles-area freeways https://t.co/AthaRgfrVt pic.twitter.com/eBUSvrq54A
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) March 20, 2020
Even the super iconic Venice Beach has been completely deserted. Now, it looks like something out of a Grand Theft Auto video game…
— Amrita Khalid (@askhalid) March 19, 2020
With people sheltering in their houses and less traffic. it looks like wildlife are making the most of the experience.
This is what lockdown looks like, raccoons cross the streets, Los Angeles feels empty. pic.twitter.com/Fe0aApPhDW
— Joris Debeij (@JorisDebeij) March 20, 2020
At least the quiet streets mean that all essential workers like first responders and medical staff will be able to get around the city. This empty interstate is one of the ‘defining’ Los Angeles lockdown photos…
And the famous LA pollution has all but vanished, as automobiles disappear from the streets.
Air is super clean in Los Angeles at mid-day with minimal petroleum-feuled vehicles on the road (particulate matter concentrations) pic.twitter.com/Mx3kPDCvaj
— Greg Spotts (@Spottnik) March 17, 2020
Wherever you are in LA, the next few days are going to be eerily quiet. It looks like a totally new city.