What the world’s most iconic thoroughfares look like during the 2020 pandemic

Stay home, stay safe
by Drei Laurel | Apr 8, 2020
PHOTO: Angela Bayona

The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine period and its accompanying public transportation ban have, quite frankly, turned most parts of Metro Manila into ghost towns.

Places and thoroughfares which are usually busy—either packed with cars or the hustle and bustle of daily life—are now deserted: EDSA is as free-flowing as it's ever been, evenings in Poblacion are devoid of partygoers, and the only traffic jams you’ll come across these days is of people in line to get inside the supermarket.

All this is a good sign, as doctors the world over have been stressing without end the need for social distancing to put this pandemic behind us. Basically, we all stay home, we all stay safe. Remember: If there’s anything the COVID-19 virus should have taught us by now, it’s that this is the great equalizer. Nobody, not even celebrities, politicians, or billionaires, is immune.

Not being able to drive out is a hassle, yes, but keep in mind we aren’t alone in this situation. This is what some of the most famous thoroughfares in the world look like during this health crisis.

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Lombard Street, San Francisco, US

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Orchard Road, Singapore

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, US

Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, US

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Champs Elysées, Paris, France

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan

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Times Square, New York City, US

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, US

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