At least 80 million Americans are in some form of closure, as many cities and states urge people to stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. While people stay indoors, cities that are usually buzzing with activity start to look deserted. Drone operators have captured these scenes of empty parks, empty stadiums and quiet streets – videos that can only be described as surreal.
To be clear: the empty streets are a very good thing for the health and safety of all Americans. At least 35,225 people tested positive for covid-19 in the United States, with 471 deaths, with things expected to get worse this week. Social distance, a term to keep people away from each other, is the only proven way to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The videos may seem creepy, but they are a good sign that Americans are starting to take the threat seriously. Below we have some of the drone videos posted on YouTube over the weekend.
Los Angeles, California
California’s 40 million residents are all told to stay at home, going through some kind of soft barrier that still allows people to leave their home for exercise, food, and medicine. Images from around the state are shocking, especially in huge cities like LA.
California currently has at least 1,813 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 35 deaths. Los Angeles County has 409 cases and five of those deaths, the last of which is a man over 65 Culver City.
Massachusetts declared a state of emergency on March 10, but it has not yet issued a closure warrant. But even without government orders, video shows people inside Boston stay home.
“Massachusetts has no plans to place a forced shelter,” Governor Charlie Baker said late last week. “We have shut down huge parts of our economy in our communities across the Commonwealth. We are very much in social distance and shutdown mode here in Massachusetts based on what we have already done. “
Massachusetts currently has at least 646 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and a total of 5 deaths. Three of those deaths were announced on Sunday.
Tennessee Governor, Governor Bill Lee, signed an executive order on Sunday that limits the activities of some restaurants and closes gyms. Restaurants are not allowed to sit at the table, but can provide drive-through, collection and delivery service. Video of Nashville shows a few cars, but very few people on the street on weekends.
Tennessee currently has at least 505 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 2 deaths.
New York, New York
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered a virtual shutdown of the residents of the state and ordered a drone video New York City shows empty streets, empty sidewalks and very few people everywhere in the normally crowded city.
New York State currently has at least 16,916 cases and 153 deaths, the vast majority of which are in New York City. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio said on Sunday evening that the city has that about a third of cases in the country, warning that “the worst is yet to come.”
New Orleans, Louisiana
Louisiana currently has 837 confirmed cases and 20 deaths – disturbing numbers compared to the small population. Governor John Bel Edwards warns that coronavirus cases are increasing at an alarming rate.
“There is no reason to assume that we will not be the next Italy,” Edwards said at a news conference on Sunday. “We have the fastest growth rate of confirmed cases in the world in the first 13 days here in Louisiana.”
“In the past two weeks, our growth rate has been faster than in any state or country in the world,” he said. “This is why it matters.”
Drone video of New Orleans posted to YouTube over the weekend showcases some of the city’s most iconic streets with no people. With even stronger measures for social distance take effect from then on 5:00 PM local time Monday, it should be even quieter soon.
San Francisco, California
Video of San Francisco shows iconic tourist sites such as Fishermen’s Wharf devoid of people, following an order from Governor Gavin Newsom on March 19.
Another Washington Post video shows San Francisco from the ground, certainly a lonely experience.
California currently has at least 1,816 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 35 deaths.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nevada governor Steve Sisolak ordered the closure of all casinos in the state Tuesday, a drastic move designed to save lives. It is not clear when the casinos will open again.
“These were the most difficult decisions to make,” Sisolak said Wall Street Journal. “I know gaming and hospitality are the lifeblood of our state.”
Drone video of Las Vegas shows the city’s iconic strip with very few cars and even fewer people. Nevada currently has at least 191 confirmed cases and two deaths.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Drone video of Ann Arbor, Michigan, show quite a few cars, but very few people walk on the street.
“Now the virus is still spreading, as we knew it would happen, which is why I want to encourage all residents – children, seniors and everyone in between – to stay at home,” said Ann Arbor Mayor Ann Taylor in a video livestream during the weekend.
“You can take a break,” said Taylor, urging people to go out only for the essentials. “But be safe with that. Avoid small gatherings. This is no time for playgrounds or play dates. Limiting our interactions to meet our essential needs is critical to slowing the spread of the virus. ”
Michigan currently has at least 1038 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and nine deaths.
California as a whole currently has at least 1,816 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 35 deaths.
Michigan City, Indiana
Drone video of Michigan City, Indiana, shows that even relatively small cities are closing their doors and encouraging people to stay at home to survive the pandemic.
Indiana currently has at least 204 confirmed cases and 7 deaths.
Pinellas County, Florida
And here’s a video of Treasure Island Beach in it Pinellas County, Florida, just a day after the beach was ordered closed.
Beveryone in Miami watched similar on Saturdaythe day before they closed. And below is what the beach in Clearwater, Florida, looked like on Friday, with many people lounging carefree in the world.
Florida currently has at least 1,007 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 13 deaths.