On March 6th, 2020 the first positive covid test was confirmed in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz announced a temporary closure of all schools in the state and on April 8th a “Stay at Home” order was announced. These photos are from the early days of the pandemic and the closures.
During what was a relatively mild spring, I set out on my bike to photograph the empty streets and closed storefronts. The stay at home order was ultimately extended again until May 3rd.
Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Normally busy with pedestrians and buses, only one Metro Transit Bus and bicycle is found in view.
Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
03/22/20 Nicollet Mall
Downtown Minneapolis during the covid-19 shutdown.
Downtown Minneapolis during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
Nicollet Mall in downtown Mineapolis during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Millenium Hotel and Hyatt Hotel largly empty.
03/22/20 Loring Park
Minneapolis during COVID-19 shutdown.
Oprheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
03/24/20 The Cabooze
The Cabooze marquee during the covid-19 shutdown.
Nicollet Mall, after shut down
Nicollet Mall during the coronavirus outbreak.
Nicollet Mall LRT Station
Nicollet Mall Light Rail Station in downtown Minneapolis
First night of Minnesota’s Stay At Home order during the coronavirus outbreak.
Hennepin Ave after shutdown
Hennepin Avenue in uptown Minneapolis during first night of Minnesota’s stay at home order.
Hard Times Cafe, Minneapolis
Hard Times Cafe in Minneapolis. Located at 1821 Riverside Dr.
First Avenue and 7th St Entry concert venues in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Hilton Hotel in Downtrown Minneapolis lit up with a HOPE heart. Seen during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak city shutdown.
04/04/20 Downtown Minneapolis
Loews Hotel with a heart on it in solidarity with others hotels during covid-19 shutdowns.
Minneapolis Crosswalk button
A crosswalk button in Minneapolis after the city disabled 450 walk buttons in late April 2020. Sign reads “Pushing button is not required. The walk signal will turn on automatically. Wait for walk signal before crossing.”
Road closure sign in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the coronavirus (COVID-19) shut down.
Bob Dylan Mural in downtown Minneapolis by Kobra.
Barnes & Noble in Minneapolis closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Sign outside of Walgreens in Minneapolis explaining social distancing guidelines.
05/04/20 Hennepin Ave, Downtown Minneapolis
Hennepin Avenue Bridge in downtown Minneapolis.
12/18/20 Downtown Minneapolis
The Government Plaza LRT stop in downtown Minneapolis.