Empty spaces amid coronavirus

Stay Home BillboardAll over the world, places of gathering for the faithful for prayer, devotion, offering and morning puja – are silent and the faithful are urged to stay away during this time of coronavirus. Here, we bring a collection of photographs from Reuters “Photo of the Day” of different places of worship in many different nations. They are empty spaces amid coronavirus.

Scenes from normally busy public sites around the world, before and after lockdowns imposed by governments to curb the spread of coronavirus.


 AL-Abbas mosque
AL-Abbas mosque is seen empty after it was shut down as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus disease in Gaza City, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem


an empty pew
Zechariah Payton, 5, puts his head down on an empty pew, on the third day of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s implemented statewide “stay at home order” directing the state’s residents to stay in their homes in the face of the fast-spreading coronavirus, before a Facebook Live service at Rising Star Church in Oakland, California. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton


drive-thru confession
Reverend Scott Holmer, left, hosts a drive-thru confessional at the Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, after Governor Larry Hogan signed the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020 in response to the coronavirus in Bowie, Maryland. REUTERS/Tom Brenner


hand-sanitizer in Church
A faithful applies hand sanitizer to a woman as she arrives to attend a church service at the Apostolic Christian Church in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg, South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko


Notre-Dame des Victoires Cathedral
A faithful sits alone at the empty Notre-Dame des Victoires Cathedral during the Sunday mass in Dakar, Senegal March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui


Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa,
A man prays at Basilica of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, Lebanon March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir


Jedi Religion - the Millenium Falcon
Behold, the Jedi Religion! The Millennium Falcon spaceship sits amid empty streets at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park after it closed in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus disease in Orlando, Florida, March 16. REUTERS/Gregg Newton


 La Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace
A lone person stands on the empty square between La Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace during a partial lockdown in Madrid, Spain March 15. REUTERS/Susana Vera


Sagrada Familia basilica, Barcelona, Spain
A street empty of tourists is seen around landmark Sagrada Familia basilica, which stopped receiving visitors and suspended its construction work as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain March 13. REUTERS/Nacho Doce


Kaaba, Mecca
General view of Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, which is almost empty of worshippers, after Saudi authority suspended umrah (Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) at Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia March 5. REUTERS/Yasser Bakhsh


The holy shrine of Hani Bin A'rwa
The holy shrine of Hani Bin A’rwa is seen empty from pilgrims at the Kufa mosque, in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq February 27. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani


Pope Francis at Santa Marta Casa Chapel
Pope Francis (far left) prays before celebrating Mass via a video livestream in a chapel full of empty seats at the St. Martha House in the Vatican, March 24. Vatican Media/ Handout via REUTERS

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