Photos Of Busy Public Places That Have Changed During Social Distancing

With concerns about public health, people all over the world are being encouraged to stay indoors and avoid interacting with others. With everyone inside and no tourists traveling about, some of the busiest and most visited locations on Earth have become deserted.

These are some of the most eerily empty popular locations in the world right now.

The City Of Love Looks Lonely

A man walks his dog at Trocadero place a front the Eiffel Tower deserted due to coronavirus outbreak, in Paris, France
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Photo Credit: Mehdi Taamallah / NurPhoto via Getty Images

You’ve probably seen Trocadero place with the Eiffel Tower in the background on people’s Instagram pages as its an iconic location for photographs. At least a dog is getting to enjoy it!

Piazza del Duomo Is Getting A Bath

An employee of the municipal company disinfects Piazza del Duomo, in Florence
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Photo Credit: Carlo Bressan / AFP via Getty Images

The streets of Florence, Italy, are entirely empty except for city workers who are disinfecting all the public spaces, especially high-traffic areas like this open plaza near the famous Duomo.

Venice Beach’s Boardwalk Is Shut Down

Many shops stand shuttered on the Venice Beach boardwalk in Venice, California
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Photo Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images

Venice Beach in California has one of the most lively beachfront boardwalks in the world, with vendors lining the strip and people flocking around them. This is probably the quietest the boardwalk has been in years.

No Roman Holidays Are Happening Right Now

view of the Colosseum monument along a deserted Via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome
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Photo Credit: Filippo Monteforte / AFP via Getty Images

One of the oldest cities in the world and the center of power during the height of the Roman Empire, Rome is famous for the beauty of its classical architecture and rich political and cultural history.

Piccadilly Circus Isn’t Very Circus-Like

A deserted Piccadilly Circus during morning rush hour
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Photo Credit: Victoria Jones / PA Images via Getty Images

Normally one of the busiest locations in London, England, with traffic backups and hordes of pedestrians walking about, Piccadilly Circus is absolutely deserted during rush hour while local residents stay inside.

No Tourists Around To View The Opera House

Sydney Opera House
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Photo Credit: Steven Saphore / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic man-made landmarks in the world, with many visitors to the land down under flocking to view it. Tourism is basically dead worldwide, as travel has decreased and people practice social distancing.

The Water In Venice Looks Clearer Than It Has In Years

An empty Gran Canal view in Venice, due to the coronavirus Emergency most of the canals are without any traffic in Venice
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Photo Credit: Giacomo Cosua / NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, is normally crowded with boats moving about and diverging off into the narrower canals, but the lack of traffic has allowed the water to clear up.

The Vatican Is Completely Closed Off

deserted St. Peter's square in the Vatican
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Photo Credit: Andreas Solaro / AFP via Getty Images

St. Peter’s Square inside the Vatican is one of the most popular tourist locations in the world due to its grandeur and also its religious importance within the Catholic faith. The entire Vatican has been closed off during the lockdown.

Seoul’s Shopping District Is Closed For Business

A South Korean woman wears a mask to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19) walks along the nearly empty Myeongdong shopping district
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Photo Credit: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

Myeongdong is the most popular shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, with locals and tourists alike flooding the area to shop around and see the iconic area, which is the ninth most expensive shopping street in the world.

Times Square Is A Ghost Town

times square virtually empty
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Photo Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images

Times Square is notoriously one of the busiest parts of New York, known for the tourists, street performers, and everyday bustle in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Now, there’s barely a soul in sight.

Beaches Are Closed In Dubai, UAE

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Photo Credit: Giuseppe Cacace / AFP via Getty Images

Dubai is known for being one of the most luxurious cities in the world, with some of the most unique architecture in the world and beautiful beaches, but no one is catching a tan on the sand lately.

Not A Cyclist In Sight In Amsterdam

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Photo Credit: Marka / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Amsterdam is basically the cycling capital of the world with there being more bicycles than residents in the city, but the streets are quiet and empty along the beautiful canal.

The Deserted Streets Of Beijing Are Shocking

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Photo Credit: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP via Getty Images

Beijing, China, is one of the most highly populated cities in the world, with 21.54 million people living in the city. It’s one of the busiest places in the world, which is why it’s shocking to see the streets empty.

Berlin At Rush Hour—Minus The Rush

Berlin street at rush hour
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Photo by Annette Riedl / picture alliance via Getty Images

One of the most historically important cities in the 20th century, Berlin, Germany, is normally a busy city with both tourists and locals commuting about. This photo was snapped at rush hour while the citizens are on lockdown.

Nobody Is Going To The Beach In Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona beach deserted
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Photo Credit: Europa Press News / Europa Press via Getty Images

On a regular day, the beach is packed with people trying to catch some sun and enjoy swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, while vendors line the walkways with displays of knock-off jerseys and purses.

Shopping Is Out Of Fashion In Milan

Closed shops in the Milan fashion district
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Photo Credit: Lorenzo Palizzolo / Getty Images

Milan, Italy, is one of the most important cities in the fashion world, being the home of some of the most high-end fashion brands. Normally, the fashion district is packed with shoppers and tourists looking for Prada.

The Royal Mile, But No Admirers Are Flocking

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Photo Credit: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

The Royal Mile is the busiest tourist street in Edinburgh, Scotland. The strip, which stretches between the Castle Gates and the Palace Gates, is almost exactly one mile long and features the oldest buildings in the city.

No One’s Walking In Merlion Park Lately

A general view of an empty attraction at a normally busy Merlion Park
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Photo Credit: Suhaimi Abdullah / Getty Images

Singapore has one of the most impressive skylines in the world, and Merlion Park near the Central Business District is one of the most popular locations to view the skyline.

Il Fontanone, Gianicolo Hill, Rome, Italy

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Photo Credit: Reddit / Ordner

With the entire city of Rome basically locked down with people in their houses, ducks have come back to swim in this fountain, which is normally a high-traffic area with tourists.

Toronto Traffic Has Disappeared

empty toronto street with cn tower in background
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Photo Credit: Steve Russell / Toronto Star via Getty Images

Ask any Canadian: Toronto is known for its congested traffic, both in the city and on the way in and out, but the streets are finally quiet in Canada’s biggest city.