PHOTOS: Scenes of an empty Austin as residents stay home under local orders

A bicyclist rides down Lamar Boulevard on March 25. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
A bicyclist rides down Lamar Boulevard on March 25. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

A bicyclist rides down Lamar Boulevard on March 25. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

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North Lamar Boulevard sits nearly empty March 25 after the city and county's stay-at-home orders took effect. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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With heavy restrictions on public gatherings in place, sizable crowds gathered on the free side of Barton Springs pool March 24, only hours before Austin's stay-at-home order went into effect. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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On March 25, the group gathered near Barton Springs Pool was significantly smaller than the crowd on March 24. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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With temperatures reaching into the 90s on March 24, Barton Springs Pool would normally be busy. However, restrictions put in place March 24 closed the pool to the public. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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With temperatures reaching into the 90s on March 24, Barton Springs Pool would normally be busy. However, restrictions put in place March 24 closed the pool to the public. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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On a nearly empty South Congress Avenue, a resident plays guitar March 25. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A resident on South Congress Avenue takes his dog for a walk March 25. Under the city and county's stay-at-home orders, residents are still allowed to go outside for exercise such as walks, hikes, runs and bike rides. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austin and Travis County's orders went into place March 25 and require residents to stay home for everything but essential travel. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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West Second Street in Austin sits nearly empty March 24. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Antone's Nightclub on Fifth Street in Austin shares a message from its marquee. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Pedestrians cross Colorado Street in downtown Austin on March 24. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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San Jacinto Street in Austin is nearly deserted March 24. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Bars on Sixth Street in Austin boarded up their exteriors when a city order forced them to close. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austin's 12th Street sits nearly empty March 25 after the city and county's stay-at-home orders took effect. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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North Lamar near the intersection of 13th Street was barren March 25, the first day of Austin's stay-at-home order. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's downtown streets would normally be bustling with activity as the city welcomes the warming spring weather. Instead, with stay-at-home orders issued by Austin and Travis County authorities to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, effective March 25, an eerie quietness has set over the city's busiest corridors.

However, crowds have still gathered in some areas of town. A sizable group convened on the free side of Barton Springs pool March 24. The next day, a group of people near the pool was still present but significantly smaller.


Austin City Hall reporter Christopher Neely captured those scenes March 24, after the stay-at-home orders were announced but before they went into effect, and March 25, after those orders were enacted.
By Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, USA Today and several other local outlets along the east coast.


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