Eerie, dark and empty: 10 photos of coronavirus after dark

Youths violate a beach closure in Santa Monica as the coronavirus stay-at-home order continues in Southern California.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Coronavirus has changed the way we see things. A once bustling and vibrant city has been replaced by scenes of closed buildings, lonely streets and sure emptiness.

The visuals are more abstract after the sun goes down. It’s eerie, it’s empty, it’s surreal.

Los Angeles Times photographer Luis Sinco explores the Southland and its changing landscape.

Empty streets

A lone car travels on the Pasadena Freeway in Los Angeles. Traffic on freeways and surface streets has been light as people heed official calls to stay at home.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Pick-up game

Men play soccer, violating social distancing restrictions, near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Light and lines

A lone commuter waits for a bus outside the Petersen Automotive Museum along Wilshire Boulevard in Midtown.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Dining out

The In-N-Out on Cahuenga Boulevard has remained busy, with a line of cars for the drive-through snaking down the street.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Sheltering in place

Homeless men gather under awnings of shuttered businesses along Los Angeles Street in the downtown garment district.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Fighting boredom

Gary Saint Germain plays guitar at dusk in front of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood. In coronavirus lockdown with two roommates, Saint Germain, 58, recently started playing and singing outside the church to get fresh air and relieve boredom.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Location, location, location

Clockwise from top left: Mel's Drive-In in West Hollywood remains open, serving takeout and delivery orders, even as most businesses on the Sunset Strip have closed; customers line up at the original Tommy's in the Rampart District; the retro McDonald's sits at the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Florence Avenue in Downey; and the Sunset Grill in Hollywood remains open with takeout and delivery.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A man delivers food on a bicycle on rain-slicked Main Street in downtown Los Angeles.
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Quiet setting

A man sits alone in MacArthur Park in the Westlake District of L.A.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

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