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- Once-crowded theme parks, stadiums, and venues have emptied out or closed down across the US as cities and organizations rush to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
- On March 15, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans avoid gatherings of 50 people or more.
- A growing number of cities are issuing stay-at-home orders, colleges have transitioned their classes online, and companies are requiring employees to work from home.
- These before-and-after photos show how major attractions across the US have emptied out as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
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BEFORE: Last year, over 42 million people visited Las Vegas, a gambling and party mecca.
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AFTER: On March 17, Nevada closed all non-essential businesses and “any equipment related to gaming” for 30 days to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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Source: Nevada Health Response
BEFORE: An estimated 380,000 pedestrians visit Times Square in New York City each day.
Source: Times Square NYC
AFTER: New York’s stay-at-home order went into effect on March 22, emptying out the streets of Manhattan. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that the order could last for months.
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BEFORE: The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, draws 1.5 million visitors each year to the Tidal Basin and National Mall.
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Source: Visit Washington DC
AFTER: On March 22, DC closed down streets and traffic circles near the Tidal Basin to limit the number of visitors.
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BEFORE: California’s Disneyland was the second-most-visited theme park in the world in 2018 with 18.7 million visitors.
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AFTER: Disneyland shuttered its doors on March 14 for the first time since 9/11. The park will remain closed for the remainder of the month.
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Source: New York Times
BEFORE: Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, typically draws large crowds for baseball games and can seat 41,915 at capacity.
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Source: Ballparks of Baseball
AFTER: On March 12, Major League Baseball canceled what remained of spring training and delayed the start of regular season, originally scheduled for March 26, by “at least” two weeks.
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Source: Major League Baseball
BEFORE: Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s most iconic destinations, attracting more than 10 million visitors per year.
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Source: Pike Place Market
AFTER: The market has seen a decrease in crowds as workers, tourists, and locals stay home. Fish monger Isaac Behar told the Seattle Times that the market has been “exceedingly slow.”
Source: Seattle Times
BEFORE: Since opening in 1997, Broadway’s The Lion King has entertained over 15.7 million theater-goers.
Source: Broadway World
AFTER: Following New York’s ban on gatherings over 500 people, Broadway productions halted on March 12. They will remain closed through at least April 12.
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BEFORE: Columbia University in New York enrolls over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Source: Columbia University
AFTER: On March 9, the university canceled two days of classes. Columbia, along with dozens of other universities, later announced that it would conduct classes online for the rest of the spring semester.
BEFORE: The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, is free to visit and draws nearly two million visitors per year.
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Source: National Zoo
AFTER: The Smithsonian Institution closed the National Zoo as well as its 19 museums on March 14 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Smithsonian has not yet announced a re-opening date.
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