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Las Vegas Strip, people come for a glimpse of the town the pandemic paused

LAS VEGAS – Norm Ayala points his phone’s camera into the emptiness and records.
Fountains suspended. Windows boarded. Escalators dead.
This is the Las Vegas Strip two days after every casino shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19 – the deadly illness that’s so far killed 13,672 people around the world and 347 in the U.S. as of Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
A 57-year-old McDonald’s employee fresh off his Las Vegas News shift, Ayala is here to show his social media audience a street-level look at the aftermath.
“I want to show them what we’re going through,” he says.
The pandemic transformed this drive-thru worker into a documentarian.
The spread short-circuited Nevada’s central economic machine and put thousands out of work. But like other unprecedented catastrophes that leave behind wreckage, it’s hard to look away.


Many like Ayala are coming to the Strip to catch a glimpse Press Release Distribution Services In Las Vegas of COVID-19′s footprint here. Some discovered something they never expected to find in a place like this.
A pair of flight attendants on layover stand near the waters of the Bellagio, carrying a conversation uninterrupted by the assault of bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Police officers patrol zones that used to be a blur of vacationers heading in every direction.
A mall worker sweeps sawdust from plywood he cut to cover the windows of a shuttered makeup shop.
A couple strolls hand-in-hand, marvelling at the stillness.
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