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March came hard for Los Angeles. COVID-19 was spreading, and local officials started shutting down the county to slow transmission of the coronavirus that causes it.
Bars, movie theaters, and restaurants were the first to close. Employees who could work from home were encouraged to so. And students had their classes moved online, for what would turn out to be the rest of the year and beyond.
Stricter stay at home orders soon followed.
Angelenos with homes were locked down, and some without homes were locked out. Leaving was restricted to essential workers going to essential jobs, and people getting essential supplies and services, like groceries and medicine.
For a few weeks Los Angeles looked wildly different.
Traffic was almost non-existent. Once bustling neighborhoods were replaced by the sound of actual crickets. Commercial districts looked like scenes straight out of a post-apocalyptic film. And a new, surreal silence set in across the city.
I ventured out to document what it looks like when most of L.A. stays home.