Timelapse Shows a Nearly Empty Sunset Boulevard Prior to California Lockdown

Timelapse footage filmed on March 19, the day California Governor Gavin Newsom enacted a “shelter in place” order for all residents of the state, shows Los Angeles’s Sunset Boulevard stunningly devoid of the usual crowds and cars.

The statewide “shelter in place” order, affecting California’s nearly 40 million residents, follows a similar order for residents of San Francisco that began on March 17.

The statewide order, which the governor said would be in effect indefinitely, is the first enacted in the United States as an effort to stem the tide of coronavirus infections.

Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes in vital situations, including purchasing food and working at jobs considered essential, the order said. Credit: Chloe Wolman via Storyful