Photo Essay: What the Twin Cities Look Like on Lockdown

Minnesota’s efforts to slow the spread of novel coronavirus emptied businesses and launched an era of social distancing
The shuttered Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis updates a line from 1994 cult classic "Clerks"
The shuttered Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis updates a line from 1994 cult classic “Clerks”

Photo by Caroline Yang

Starting in mid-March, Minneapolis and St. Paul changed from bustling cities to ghost towns. A series of orders issued by Gov. Walz closed businesses and urged Minnesotans to stay at home to help “flatten the curve” for our healthcare providers as local cases of COVID-19 began to emerge. The changes have hit nearly every aspect of life, and these images evoke life in a parallel universe—except this is no fantasy. Our photographers captured the desolation, but also the hope.

St. Paul landmark Mickey’s Diner sits vacant
St. Paul landmark Mickey’s Diner sits vacant

Photo by Caroline Yang

Brave New Workshop’s humorous marquee cuts through uncharacteristically silent downtown Minneapolis
Brave New Workshop’s humorous marquee cuts through uncharacteristically silent downtown Minneapolis

Photo by Caroline Yang

The afternoon streets around the Warehouse District/Hennepin light rail station in downtown Minneapolis are completely barren and silent. It was particularly jarring—almost like something out of a movie, with Bob Dylan looking on.
The afternoon streets around the Warehouse District/Hennepin light rail station in downtown Minneapolis are completely barren and silent. It was particularly jarring—almost like something out of a movie, with Bob Dylan looking on.

Photo by Caroline Yang

Parkway Theater
Parkway Theater

Photo by Minnevangelist

Show and Tell
Show and Tell

Photo by Tonya Sutfin

 Turf Club
Turf Club

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

7th St. Entry
7th St. Entry

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

Spyhouse Coffee in St. Paul
Spyhouse Coffee in St. Paul

Photo by Caroline Yang

The Southern Theater
The Southern Theater

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

Heather’s
Heather’s

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

Highland Theatre
Highland Theatre

Photo by Caroline Yang

Northrop
Northrop

Photo by Caroline Yang

Social distancing line of shoppers outside Seward Co-op
Social distancing line of shoppers outside Seward Co-op

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

6-foot guidelines at Seward Co-op
6-foot guidelines at Seward Co-op

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

Sign limiting purchases at Kowalski’s
Sign limiting purchases at Kowalski’s

Photo by Caroline Yang

Empty shelves at Lund's grocery store in Highland Park
Empty shelves at Lund’s grocery store in Highland Park

Photo by Caroline Yang

Mall of America’s parking ramps are empty
Mall of America’s parking ramps are empty

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

Upper levels of Mall of America parking are closed
Upper levels of Mall of America parking are closed

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

Churches like Church of the Assumption in St. Paul are closed as part of limit on large gatherings
Churches like Church of the Assumption in St. Paul are closed as part of limit on large gatherings

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

A rabbit statue dons a mask
A rabbit statue dons a mask

Photo by Spencer Walker

Concrete steps display one of many positive messages
Concrete steps display one of many positive messages

Photo by Lucy Hawthorne

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