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Drone Footage Captures the Deserted Streets of Vancouver During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Eben Diskin Apr 20, 2020

As most cities all around the world have been in lockdown for several weeks, video footage has been emerging of exactly how bizarre those conditions look from a bird’s-eye view.

In a drone video of Vancouver, Canada, captured by photographer Spencer Watson, the sheer emptiness of the city is brought to light. The video, called “Come Together Stay Apart,” shows Vancouver’s typically busy streets completely deserted.

From the quiet Lions Gate Bridge to the Olympic cauldron, Granville Street, the Burrard Bridge, and more, the footage paints an eerie picture of a city in lockdown. It does, however, end with Vancouver’s nightly cheer at 7:00 PM for front-line workers and images of inspiring murals painted on boarded-up windows.

According to Watson, in an email to online publication Vancouver Is Awesome, “I think the only real reason I stepped out to make this video was simply to document a very important time in Vancouver’s history. Something of this magnitude has never happened before and the most interesting part of it all is that by doing their part, many people haven’t seen how much life in the city has slowed down.”

This strange but encouraging sight has also been captured on video in San Francisco and Cape Town, where the streets are also empty during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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