Photos of Los Angeles Under Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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Gavin Newsom on Thursday became the first governor in the nation to order nearly all state residents to stay at home and most retail businesses to close their doors to stem the spread of COVID-19. Photo credit: Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News

LOS ANGELES — Some of Southern California’s most iconic destinations were deserted Monday. There were no tourists trying to fit their palms into Marilyn Monroe’s handprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre, no shoppers on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive and shockingly few cars on LA’s famously gridlocked freeways.

Gavin Newsom on Thursday became the first governor in the nation to order nearly all state residents to stay at home and most retail businesses to close their doors to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Under Newsom’s order, only “essential” services should remain open, including grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, banks, certain state and local government functions — and, yes, cannabis retailers.

Newsom doubled down on his order Monday, ordering some state park parking lots to close after stir-crazy Californians thronged to parks, beaches and hiking trails over the weekend, making “social distancing” nearly impossible, even outdoors.

But about the same time Newsom was making his announcement Monday, large swaths of Southern California, California’s biggest population hub, felt empty.

Pedro Castro, 40, sells tourist bus tour tickets on Hollywood Boulevard. Castro usually books about 20 tours a day, he said, but after the shutdown, he sold only three on Sunday and Monday combined. Many tourists, Castro said, are “stuck here and have nowhere to go.” Photo credit: Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News
Traffic is light on the Hollywood Freeway around 4 p.m., usually bumper-to-bumper rush hour in Los Angeles. Photo credit: Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News
Olvera Street, a historic district downtown, is home to a Mexican marketplace that is a popular attraction. But all shops and most restaurants are now closed. Photo credit: Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News
A guard stands at the entrance of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style in Beverly Hills, which is now closed to the public. Photo credit: Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News
A handful of people work out on the beach in Santa Monica Monday afternoon. The beach remains open. Photo credit: Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News
Customers line up at Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, near Los Angeles International Airport, but they leave some distance between themselves. Photo credit: Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News

This report, first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation. It was published in cooperation with Kaiser Health News Network and The Published Reporter.

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