Curfews, coronavirus keep New York eerily quiet

Times Square, which normally would be packed with weekend tourists, was instead packed with police on Saturday evening (June 6), who blocked roads lined with rows of emergency vehicles.

New York City instituted an 8pm curfew after protests for George Floyd turned violent earlier in the week, as demonstrators clashed with police and stores were looted.

On Saturday, luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue had its iconic window displays shuttered with plywood, wrapped in barbed wire, and protected by private security guards with dogs.

Other Manhattan landmarks, like Broadway theaters and Radio City Music Hall, were dark - having turned out the lights months ago when the city locked down to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Sunday night (June 7) is the last scheduled curfew, and New York will begin phase one of post-coronavirus reopening on Monday (June 8).