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People are taking photos of empty streets across Canada so it's finally happening

Yes, properly social distancing can be a lonely and difficult task (perhaps moreso for some of us than for others), but we should all know by now that it is absolutely necessary to avoid a large(r)-scale outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Canada.

Officials and citizens alike have been expressing concern about select people — dubbed "covidiots" — who continue to defy the social distancing guidelines by gathering en masse in parks, visiting with friends or going out and about shortly after international travel.

Some governments have even considered invoking fines or arresting those who don't listen.

Thankfully, it seems that the majority of Canadians are finally getting the message of how important the measure of self-isolation is right now —residents are even sharing accounts of how empty streets across the country are becoming.

The fact that most non-essential businesses have been temporarily shuttered by provincial governments or by choice at this point is surely a huge factor in the recent quiet.

The weather not quite reaching springlike temperatures yet helps, too.

But, it's still nice to think that more people are actually trying to follow the rules.

Parks have been shown to have no foot traffic for as far as the eye can see. Major streets, too.

People have also noticed a lack of people on public transportation in cities where it is usually crammed full, like Toronto and Montreal.

"I work in an essential service and when I’m out the streets are virtually empty," one Twitter user shared. "People are taking this seriously."

"I’m in Vancouver, Canada for the night... Airplane was empty, customs empty, streets empty," another noticed.

Recent photos of usually bustling locations such as Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square and Kensington Market show them to be completely uninhabited — admittedly eerie, but a good sign.

Some residents are drawing a comparison between Canada's empty streets and still-busy locations in the U.K. and the U.S., the latter of which is struggling to adequately address its COVID-19 situation.

As weird and unsettling as it may feel to see our cities so desolate, it means we're doing a good job. It's important to remember that the better we do at social distancing, the sooner we can get back to normal life and, more importantly, the safer we'll all be.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim


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