THESE eerie photos show the deserted New York streets after Mayor Bill de Blasio shut the bars, restaurants and theaters.

Times Square, which is usually packed with tourists, looks like a ghost town as Broadway shows are shuttered.

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Grand Central Terminal has seen a large drop in commuters as the government has advised residents to practice social distancing.

Restaurants across the city are now limited to takeout or delivery and bars are shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, the mayor said.

The only exception has been grocery stores, but the Big Apple has transformed into a shockingly silent city.

Last week, Broadway has shut for at least a month after the restrictions on public gatherings came into palce.

The major city landmarks such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall also announced they are suspending visits and performances.

The announcement comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the city's public school system will shut down.

The city, which boasts more than 18,000 schools and is by far the biggest public school system in the country, will keep the buildings closed until at least late April – and could remain closed until the end of the academic year.

The closure will also hit school districts in downstate New York, including Long Island and Westchester.

More than one million children attend New York public schools, with the shutdown hitting 75,000 teachers and impacting the lives of millions of parents.

De Blasio confirmed Sunday that schools will be shut starting today.

“This is a very troubling moment, a moment where I am just distraught over having to take this action,” de Blasio said.

More than 3,770 people have come down with the coronvirus as 69 have died from the killer bug in the US.

Donald Trump has tried to urge worried Americans to "relax" and stop panic buying supplies.

His comments came after the government's top infectious disease expert said he would like to see Americans hunker down even more to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

However, Dr. Anthony Fauci said travel restrictions within the US, such as to and from hard-hit Washington state and California, probably would not be needed anytime soon.

It comes as Americans returning from the United Kingdom and Europe are facing up to 6-hour wait times for coronavirus screening at funnel airports.

Passengers flocked to airports over the weekend after President Trump confirmed the US broadened its European coronavirus travel ban to include the UK and Ireland.

Nineteen states have shut down all K-12 schools as of Sunday morning, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.






The coronavirus pandemic has prompted school closures in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Closures ranged from a minimum of one week to a maximum of three weeks.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discussed the possibility of schools remaining closed on CNN’s “State of the Union," Dispatch reported.

On Sunday morning, Dewine said his ordered three-week closure of schools could "Absolutely. Absolutely" be extended.

He added: “We’ve informed the superintendents while we close schools for three weeks, that the odds are that this is going to go on a lot longer and it would not surprise me at all if schools did not open again this year."

As of Sunday, there were more than 2,900 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US, along with 60 deaths, according to NBC News.

Dewine said the outbreak "may not peak until the latter part of April or May.

"We've informed superintendents while we've closed schools for three weeks, odds are we will go on a lot longer."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced the closure of all K-12 schools starting Wednesday and lasting through March 27.

According to the Star Tribune, Walz said: "Closing schools is never an easy decision, but we need to make sure we have plans in place to educate and feed our kids regardless of what's to come."

Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker warned Minnesota is "planning for the potential for weeks of distance learning."


Nassau County, located in Long Island, New York, announced Sunday that all of its public and private schools will close for two weeks.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a statement Sunday: "And I am again calling for New York City schools to be shut down.

"We cannot go on with business as usual. This is about all of us. This is about protecting our most vulnerable."

Fear has also closed Florida's famed South Beach because it attracts hundreds of college spring breakers and tourists.

The worldwide outbreak has sickened more than 163,000 people and left more than 6,400 dead, with thousands of new cases confirmed each day.

The death toll in the US climbed is nearing 70, while infections have been diagnosed in more than 3,700 people.






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