Coronavirus slowdown in US seen from space

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Satellite images of normally busy locations in the US show how the coronavirus is having an impact on travel and tourism.

Car is no longer king – even in the US. Traffic is down on the 101 interstate in downtown Los Angeles.


Roads are clearer – like the 101 highway interchange, downtown Los Angeles

22 March

101 highway interchange downtown Los Angeles, 22 March

28 January

101 highway interchange downtown Los Angeles, 28 January

And people aren’t flying either – as Maxar Technologies’ satellite images of Denver International Airport in Colorado show.


Fewer flights mean empty spaces at Denver International’s long-term car park

24 March

Denver International's long-term car park, 24 March

7 March

Denver International Airport's long-term car park, 7 March 2020

The lockdown and travel restrictions mean tourist attractions are closed. In Santa Monica, beachside car parks were shut after large numbers of people headed for the coast, despite the stay at home advice from local authorities.


Tourists are staying away from Santa Monica pier

22 March

Santa Monica pier 22 March 2020

11 March

Santa Monica pier 11 March 2020

Universal Studios in Hollywood has also closed its doors as part of efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The theme park said tickets bought in advance for the closure period would be valid until December.


Attractions like Universal Studios in Hollywood have closed their doors

22 March 2020

Universal Studios in Hollywood 22 March 2020

18 November 2019

Universal Studios in Hollywood 18 November 2019

Elsewhere in California, signs of the global slowdown are evident at international ports. At Long Beach container port there are far fewer shipping containers than last month.


See how business is slower at Long Beach container yard in California

17 March

Long Beach container yard 17 March 2020

8 February

Long Beach container yard 8 February 2020

In Nevada, the governor is shutting down non-essential business, which is expected to hit Las Vegas’ famous gambling industry.


Traffic around Las Vegas airport from space

17 March 2020

Las Vegas, 17 March, 2020

26 January 2020

Las Vegas, 26 January 2020

Disney is closing its doors until the end of the month – as can be seen by the lack of cars in the car park at Disney World, Florida. The Disney park in California, which is also closed, has said it will donate unsold food to a food bank charity in order to help local people.


How the Disney World park in Orlando looks after the temporary closure

18 March 2020

Walt Disney World, 18 March 2020

6 January 2020

Walt Disney World, 6 January 2020

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