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Photo Essay: LA Under Lockdown

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LOS ANGELES — Some of Southern California’s most iconic locations had been abandoned Monday. There had been no vacationers attempting to suit their palms into Marilyn Monroe’s handprints on the TCL Chinese Theatre, no buyers on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive and shockingly few vehicles on LA’s famously gridlocked freeways.

Gavin Newsom on Thursday turned the primary governor within the nation to order practically all state residents to remain at residence and most retail companies to shut their doorways to stem the unfold of COVID-19.

Under Newsom’s order, solely “essential” providers ought to stay open, together with grocery shops, gasoline stations, pharmacies, banks, sure state and native authorities features — and, sure, cannabis retailers.

Newsom doubled down on his order Monday, ordering some state park parking tons to shut after stir-crazy Californians thronged to parks, seashores and climbing trails over the weekend, making “social distancing” practically unimaginable, even outside.

But about the identical time Newsom was making his announcement Monday, massive swaths of Southern California, California’s greatest inhabitants hub, felt empty.

More than four million guests from around the globe go to the TCL Chinese Theatre yearly. But there was no foot visitors in entrance of the Hollywood landmark Monday afternoon.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Pedro Castro, 40, sells vacationer bus tour tickets on Hollywood Boulevard. Castro often books about 20 excursions a day, he mentioned, however after the shutdown, he bought solely three on Sunday and Monday mixed. Many vacationers, Castro mentioned, are “stuck here and have nowhere to go.”(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

A Hollywood membership marquee urges individuals to clean their fingers.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Traffic is mild on the Hollywood Freeway round four p.m., often bumper-to-bumper rush hour in Los Angeles.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles (The Church of Our Lady Queen of the Angels) is a historic Roman Catholic church in downtown Los Angeles. The church, which now not gives day by day Mass due to the novel coronavirus, is often overflowing with congregants, a lot of them immigrants from Mexico and Central America.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Olvera Street, a historic district downtown, is residence to a Mexican market that could be a fashionable attraction. But all outlets and most eating places are actually closed.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Ricardo Gaytan, a prepare dinner at Cielito Lindo on Olvera Street, mentioned the takeout window is open. But with just a few prospects a day, the restaurant might shut fully, he mentioned.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

A guard stands on the entrance of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style in Beverly Hills, which is now closed to the general public.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

The metropolis of Santa Monica has closed the Santa Monica Pier to individuals and vehicles.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

A handful of individuals work out on the seaside in Santa Monica Monday afternoon. The seaside stays open.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Customers line up at Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, close to Los Angeles International Airport, however they depart far between themselves.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

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This KHN story first printed on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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