A normally bustling city has been put on hold while the state grapples with the pandemic and how to slow its spread
Across Los Angeles, the air is fresh and unpolluted, the freeways are empty and theres plenty of parking. The unprecedented shutdown of the entire region feels like Christmas Day on repeat, except instead of staying at home to celebrate, people are staying inside to remain alive.
Its a ghost town, said Gregory Johnson, 23, who was walking by the deserted Venice Beach boardwalk with his six-year-old daughter on Thursday, a week after LA closed all school campuses, shutting down the second-largest school district in the US. Everybodys paranoid. People are just terrified of even saying hello.
The two had been watching nonstop TV, but now were hoping to find a taqueria that was still doing takeout, Johnson said as he squirted hand sanitizer on to his daughters hands: I decided to come outside today with hella Germ-X.
Los Angeles last week shut down all non-essential activities and ordered residents to shelter in place in an effort to slow the coronavirus spread. By Friday, the Covid-19 death toll in LA county had increased to 26, with more than 1,400 confirmed cases and projections of much worse to come.
It feels like a bad sci-fi movie like a Sharknado but its a virus, said Kat Williams, a 35-year-old LA chef who runs a Jamaican catering business, but is now isolating and only going on brief neighborhood walks.
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