WATCH: Iconic San Antonio landmarks now ghost towns amid coronavirus pandemic

“Stay Home, Work Safe”emergency order clears downtown streets

The Riverwalk, Market Square, the Alamo all empty due to "Stay Home, Work Safe" Emergency order

SAN ANTONIO – Downtown streets that are normally packed with tourists have become deserted as San Antonians and Americans social distance in an effort to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued "Stay Home, Work Safe” order earlier this month and it runs through mid-April.

The Alamo, River Walk, River Center mall, Market Square and other normal hotspots look very different with no human visitors (see if you can find the opossum checking out the Alamo in the video above).

To see what these streets normally look like, check out these Throwback Thursday segments from KSAT News @ Nine.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.


About the Authors:

Before starting at KSAT in August 2011, Ken was a news photographer at KENS. Before that he was a news photographer at KVDA TV in San Antonio. Ken graduated from San Antonio College with an associate's degree in Radio, TV and Film. Ken has won a Sun Coast Emmy and four Lone Star Emmys. Ken has been in the TV industry since 1994.

Andrew Wilson is a digital journalist and social media producer at KSAT.