PHOTOS: Empty Streets With Hints Of Hope Around The Triangle During Pandemic

Apr 1, 2020

Around the Triangle, streets and restaurants, businesses and college campuses have remained largely empty this week, after Gov. Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order directing North Carolinians to shelter in place for a month. The order went into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30 and will last until April 29.

Photographers Chuck Liddy and Ben McKeown captured some of the empty spaces around our community.

Around Durham

"Major" the Bull wears a protective facemark in the downtown plaza in Durham, N.C., Friday, March 27, 2020. This statue depicts a bull, a symbol for Durham since the 1800s, and stands 10 feet tall. Downtown Durham was eerily empty as a stay-at-home order was issued by Mayor Steve Schewel at the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.
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Picnic tables sit empty at Bull McCabes Irish Pub in Durham, N.C., Friday, March 27, 2020 as all bars and restaurants in North Carolina are shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The popular bar and restaurant would normally be overflowing with customers on a Friday evening.
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Playgrounds throughout Durham, N.C., city parks were closed March 26, 2020 after Mayor Steve Schewel issued a stay-at-home order for the city in an effort to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Streets at Southpoint Shopping Mall in Durham, N.C., is empty Thursday, March 26, 2020 after Mayor Steve Schewel issued a stay-at-home order to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
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Duke Gardens is empty of visitors as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts life in Durham, N.C., on Thursday, March 26,2020. Normally the gardens attract thousands of visitors in the spring to view the annual flower blooms.
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The Terrace at Duke Gardens is empty of visitors as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts life in Durham, N.C., Thursday, March 26,2020.
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Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Both airplanes and automobiles are scarce at Raleigh-Durham International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Fears over the pandemic have grounded air travel to a near halt, as many people opt to heed the warnings of public officials to remain home.
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Terminal 2 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is often busy, is nearly vacant during the coronavirus pandemic in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Fears over the pandemic have ground air travel to a near halt, as many people opt to heed the warnings of public officials to remain home.
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Terminal 2 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is often busy, is nearly vacant during the coronavirus pandemic in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Not one person is present in this view of a parking garage at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Curbside Pickup

At Trophy Brewing, customers are asked to make orders online. When they arrive at the restaurant, an employee retrieves their order, places it on a table on the curb, then the customer exits their vehicle to pick the order up from the table, which insures proper social distancing practices are observed.
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A Grubhub delivery driver picks up two boxes of pizza from a curbside pickup zone at Trophy Brewing Company in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Solitude in Nature

A couple enjoy a warm spring day at Forest Hills park in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 28, 2020. Few people took advantage of the city parks after a stay-at-home order was issued by Mayor Steve Schewel earlier in the week as the state battles the coronavirus pandemic.
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Two people walk dogs at a mostly empty Dix Park in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Due to the the coronavirus pandemic, many residents have heeded the warnings of public officials to remain home as much as possible, and when out, to observe social distancing rules to help stop the spread of the virus.
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A woman lies on a picnic table at the beach along Falls Lake, near Durham, N.C., on Sunday, March 21, 2020. The options for North Carolinians to enjoy the outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic were limited even more when all N.C. State Parks were closed to the public on Friday, March 27, 2020.
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Around Raleigh

The free-expression tunnel at North Carolina University is empty during the coronavirus pandemic in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020. In an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, North Carolina public officials closed universities and asked students to return home.
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The Brickyard at North Carolina State University is entirely vacant during the coronavirus pandemic in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020. In an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, North Carolina public officials closed universities and asked students to return home.
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Tables sit vacant and pollen-covered at Kabab and Curry, a restaurant on Hillsborough Street during the coronavirus pandemic in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants and bars in North Carolina have been ordered to close their dining areas and offer take-out and delivery service only.
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Traffic and pedestrians are scarce on Hillsborough Street during the coronavirus pandemic in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2020. This street, adjacent to North Carolina State University, is often crowded during the school year. However public officials in North Carolina have closed universities, sent home students, and asked residents to remain home as much as possible in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
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Downtown Chapel Hill

A man looks at the boarded up windows of Linda's Bar & Grill as he walks along Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has wrecked havoc on towns across the country closing restaurants and bars to table service allowing only pick-up orders. Many establishments such as Linda's opted out and closed their doors.
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A lone pedestrian walks on the sidewalk on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, N.C. late Saturday afternoon March 28, 2020. The street is normally clogged with students from the University of North Carolina who are now gone due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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A sign at a bus stop directs riders to another street as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts bus schedules in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 28, 2020.
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