The streets of Hollywood, the movie capital of the world, appear to resemble those of a ghost town as the coronavirus and fear of catching the disease continues to spread.
Hollywood Boulevard, home to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame which showcases the great and the good of music, radio, film and television over the decades is usually buzzing with tourists and teaming with life.
Usually the home of red carpet movie premiers, the street is now eerily quiet and more like a village than the center of glitz and glamour.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! which films along the same street, along with The Late Late Show with James Corden have both suspended filming in front of live audiences as a precautionary measure. The shows will resume filming during the first week of April.
The Broadway musical Hamilton has also postponed its return engagement at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. It was due to begin March 12 and will not commence until April 1.
In California even small events are only allowed to proceed if organizers could ensure six feet of space between participants, with gatherings of more than 250 people banned through the end of the month.
Major festivals have already been cancelled or postponed, including California’s desert music fest Coachella pushed back until October.
The picture is not much better in Las Vegas where tourism results keeps hundreds of thousands of people in work.
Vegas is cancelling all large entertainment gatherings, beginning this weekend. No buffets. No nightclubs. No theater performances.
Everyday life has been radically upended across the United States, with sports and entertainment events scrapped, schools closed and millions working from home as the coronavirus pandemic partially paralyzes the world’s number one power.
An empty Chinese Theatre is seen in Hollywood, California. The spread of COVID-19 has negatively affected a wide range of industries all across the global economy including tourism
An empty tour bus is seen in Hollywood, California. Hollywood is suffering losses due to the coronavirus concerns
A Star Wars Storm Trooper might be better off tackling the coronavirus at home. There appears to be few tourists close by
An open-top tour bus appears to be completely empty as coronavirus leads to a massive downturn in visitor numbers
While major productions have adjusted their production and movie release plans, the world’s major hub of entertainment in Los Angeles is also seeing a decline in the number of visitors with nobody lining up to ride the tour bus
Pedestrians walk along Hollywood Boulevard. West Hollywood is a major destination for tourists from across California, the United States, and much of the world
The Pantages theater is dark until the end of the month as the Hamilton musical is suspended until April
A pedestrian visits the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California and appears to have the place to themselves
Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show has been suspended until the end of the month due to fears of the disease spreading
An empty staircase is seen at the Hollywood & Highland complex in Hollywood, California
A street vendor and costumed character are seen on Hollywood Boulevard and appear to have the street to themselves
A tour vendor approaches pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard. Tourism-related businesses are a major part of the city’s economy, with the hotel room tax the largest single contributor to the City of West Hollywood’s general fund
Empty tour buses are seen side by side. The coronavirus pandemic may have an outsized impact on Hollywood’s economy
Hollywood’s streets are eerily. The coronavirus has seen a decline in business both from local residents, who are trying to isolate themselves from people who may be infected with the virus, and from tourists
Pedestrians seen on Hollywood Boulevard on March 13, 2020 in Hollywood, California
Usually, the streets would be bustling with tourists and even a few locals – but for now, they are staying away
Visitors to the Hollywood & Highland complex are seen. There have been cancellations or major changes to, a number of events in and around West Hollywood
A souvenir storefront is seen with plenty of Oscar statuettes still for sale
Given the radical decline in foreign tourism, there is talk of promoting Hollywood to more Americans rather than foreigners
An empty theater marquee is seen at the Wiltern which won’t be hosting any shows until April 1st
Visitors play slot machines at Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada as some restaurants, and buffets along The Strip have been closed temporarily in response to the novel coronavirus
A cleaning cart is seen next to slot machines at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
A torrent of canceled conventions, shows and special events slammed Las Vegas Strip casino operators for a third straight day Friday as a result of the coronavirus outbreak
Buffets along The Las Vegas Strip have been closed temporarily in response to the coronavirus. Tourism is the largest employer in the city. Hundreds of thousands of residents’ livelihoods depend on it
Vegas is cancelling all large entertainment gatherings, beginning this weekend. No buffets. No nightclubs. No theater performances
A table is empty, with visitors seen in the background at a bar, inside Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas