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21/04/2020 4:28 PM IST | Updated 21/04/2020 4:28 PM IST

36 Eerie Photos Of Empty Places Around The World During Social Distancing

Cities across the globe look nearly empty as citizens practice self-quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic.

Governments around the globe have established strict stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving some of the most widely photographed spots on Earth more or less empty.

While it’s jarring to witness, say, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame or Mecca’s Grand Mosque nearly empty, it’s also impressive; seeing these locations virtually deserted is proof that we’re all making an honest attempt to flatten the curve by staying home. 

Below are 36 photos of places across the world that are nearly empty due to our social distancing efforts. 

  • Beijing
    Beijing
    Kevin Frayer via Getty Images
    A woman wears a protective mask as she takes a photo on a nearly empty section of the Great Wall on March 27, 2020, near Badaling in Beijing, China.
  • New York City
    New York City
    Alexi Rosenfeld via Getty Images
    An empty 7th Avenue in Times Square on April 19, 2020, in New York City.
  • London
    London
    Barry Lewis via Getty Images
    Abbey Road zebra crossing on April 16, 2020, in London.
  • Cairo
    Cairo
    KHALED DESOUKI via Getty Images
    A picture on April 18, 2020, shows the Great Pyramids lit in blue with the message "Stay Home" outside the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    MOHD RASFAN via Getty Images
    An empty staircase leading to the Batu Caves temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 30, 2020.
  • Llandudno, Wales
    Llandudno, Wales
    Christopher Furlong via Getty Images
    Mountain goats roam the streets of Llandudno, Wales, on March 31, 2020. The goats normally live on the rocky Great Orme but are occasional visitors to the seaside town; a local councillor told the BBC that the herd was drawn by the lack of people due to social distancing.
  • Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    David McNew via Getty Images
    The dinosaur atop the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium wears a mask to encourage people to take safety measures as coronavirus infections spread on April 19, 2020.
  • Mecca, Saudi Arabia
    Mecca, Saudi Arabia
    BANDAR ALDANDANI via Getty Images
    An aerial view shows an empty white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque on March 6, 2020.
  • Pattaya, Thailand
    Pattaya, Thailand
    MLADEN ANTONOV via Getty Images
    The empty Legend Siam theme park in Pattaya on March 8, 2020. The park, which attracts up to 20,000 mainly Chinese customers a day in the high season, is temporarily closed.
  • Vatican City
    Vatican City
    Antonio Masiello via Getty Images
    A view of empty chairs at St. Peter's Square before the live broadcast of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer on March 8, 2020, in Vatican City, Vatican.
  • Sydney
    Sydney
    Jenny Evans via Getty Images
    A before-and-after composite image shows Bondi Beach with a large gathering of beachgoers on March 20, 2020 (top) and again on March 22, 2020, after the beach was closed to the public.
  • Tunis, Tunisia
    Tunis, Tunisia
    Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
    Cats on a nearly empty street in the Medina neighborhood of Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Rome
    Rome
    Pacific Press via Getty Images
    A view of the Colosseum in the evening in Rome.
  • Moscow
    Moscow
    Valery Sharifulin via Getty Images
    A pigeon sits in the Iberian Gate in a deserted Red Square on April 2, 2020.
  • Bangkok
    Bangkok
    Lauren DeCicca via Getty Images
    A view of empty streets, shuttered bars, and closed restaurants on Khaosan Road on April 15, 2020 in Bangkok. April 13-15 marks Songkran, Thailand's Buddhist new year celebration, when Thai people typically travel to the provinces to be with family or take part in large-scale water fights and parties throughout Bangkok.
  • Ballachulish, Scotland
    Ballachulish, Scotland
    Jane Barlow - PA Images via Getty Images
    Empty chairlifts at the Glencoe Ski Centre in Ballachulish, Scotland.
  • Jerusalem
    Jerusalem
    Guy Prives via Getty Images
    A man prays at the nearly empty Western Wall in the old city on April 6, 2020, in Jerusalem.
  • Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
    Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
    KARIM SAHIB via Getty Images
    Empty sunbeds at Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai on March 12, 2020.
  • Paris
    Paris
    Barcroft Media via Getty Images
    The Arc de Triomphe is almost deserted during lockdown on April 12, 2020.
  • Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    DOUGLAS MAGNO via Getty Images
    Aerial view of Guanabara Park during the coronavirus outbreak in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on April 5, 2020.
  • Washington, D.C.
    Washington, D.C.
    Drew Angerer via Getty Images
    An empty Vietnam Veterans Memorial on April 14, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
  • Anaheim, California
    Anaheim, California
    MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images via Getty Images
    A lock hangs on the center gate between the turnstiles at the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on March 16, 2020.
  • Tehran, Iran
    Tehran, Iran
    Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images
    A photo on March 20, 2020, shows an empty street in Tehran, Iran.
  • Washington, D.C.
    Washington, D.C.
    DANIEL SLIM via Getty Images
    The empty Metro Center station on April 15, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
  • New Delhi
    New Delhi
    Getty Images via Getty Images
    A closed Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) as India remains under lockdown on April 20, 2020, in New Delhi.
  • London
    London
    Barry Lewis via Getty Images
    Looking east along Oxford Street from Marble Arch on April 16, 2020, in London.
  • Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    Mario Tama via Getty Images
    Contrasting images of morning rush hour on the 110 freeway a week before stay-at-home orders were issued in Los Angeles, and a photo of the freeway after the orders went into effect.
  • Mexico City
    Mexico City
    ALFREDO ESTRELLA via Getty Images
    A view of the almost-empty parking lot of a closed shopping center in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Mexico City on April 4, 2020.
  • Venice, Italy
    Venice, Italy
    Pietro D'Aprano via Getty Images
    Parked gondolas in a strangely desolate and silent Venice, Italy, on April 19, 2020.
  • Baltimore
    Baltimore
    Rob Carr via Getty Images
    A lone passenger sleeps in an otherwise empty Amtrak car as the train pulls into Penn Station on April 9, 2020, in Baltimore.
  • New York City
    New York City
    Noam Galai via Getty Images
    A view inside Grand Central Terminal during the coronavirus pandemic on April 19, 2020 in New York City.
  • Venice Beach, California
    Venice Beach, California
    Mario Tama via Getty Images
    Venice Skate Park, partially filled with sand to deter people from skating there, on April 17, 2020.
  • Washington, D.C.
    Washington, D.C.
    Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images
    A March 31, 2020 photo shows a vacant metro station during rush hour in Washington D.C.
  • Normandy, France
    Normandy, France
    LOU BENOIST via Getty Images
    The center of Etretat, Normandy, on April 20, 2020, on the 35th day of a strict lockdown in France.
  • Istanbul
    Istanbul
    Burak Kara via Getty Images
    Roads and squares are empty in the Eminonu District of Istanbul on April 19, 2020.
  • Tokyo
    Tokyo
    Barcroft Media via Getty Images
    An empty street with no lights on in Tokyo's Shinjuku neighborhood on April 19.

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