Many Of The World’s Most Popular Tourist Destinations Are Now Eerily Silent Due To Coronavirus

by Angela Andaloro

We’ve all heard stories of how coronavirus concerns are impacting people worldwide. To see some of the world’s most popular tourist attractions totally deserted, however, is pretty jarring.

Governments around the world are urging their citizens to practice social distancing. In some countries, travel is forbidden and landmarks are shut down. As a result, some major tourist attractions are completely void of people, some for the first time ever.

In Paris, both the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are closed. In Rome, the Trevi Fountain, which typically sees up to 1,200 visitors per hour, is deserted. The Venice Grand Canal has been void of people for so long that canal waters are clearing up.

Nepal has stopped all climbing permits for Mount Everest through mid-April, ensuring the mountain is clear.

In Saudi Arabia, the holiest site in Islam, Mecca, is empty after health measures have dictated that no one can touch the Kaaba. Rome’s Catholic churches are also closed. Jerusalem’s holiest site, the Western Wall, has very few visitors, with hat covers required for those who choose to see the site.

We’re starting to see the impact of some of these closures in the United States. New York City, which is all but locked down at this point, is a ghost town. Times Square’s bustling action has come to a halt. Museums and other attractions are closed, many for at least a month.

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