Photo essay: Miami without people

Miami isn’t crowded anymore. Restaurants, shopping centers, schools, parks and most of the popular sights in the city have closed.

The only place people are likely to see one another is waiting to get into supermarkets, at take-out windows and in the small number of retail shops still open — and even then, everyone is hidden behind masks.

As of April 16, there have been 8,250 positive cases of COVID-19 and 183 deaths in Miami-Dade County. Nearly 60% of the state’s cases and deaths have been in South Florida. The number will grow, but how quickly and how much is anyone’s guess.

The streets of Miami are consumed by the emptiness of the metromovers and silence in the clubs. Peacocks roam the streets freely. It’s a city that we have never seen before. 

The inner loop metromover at Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Station in downtown Miami on April 10. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)
Club Space in downtown Miami on Saturday, April 11. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)
The line of people waiting outside Publix in Morningside on April 10. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)
Police officers preventing the transit of people in Wynwood on April 11. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)
The empty road in front of the MiamiCentral station in downtown Miami on April 13. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)
Volunteers of the Haitian organization Search For The Soul Ministries at Miami Edison Senior High School in Little Haiti on April 13. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)
The empty Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus on April 10. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)
People waiting outside of a Family Dollar in Little Haiti on April 13. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)
The empty streets of the Miami Design District on April 11. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)


Closed stores at the Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami on April 11. (Jueisy Garcia/SFMN)
Jueisy Nicolle Garcia is a senior journalism student minoring in marketing. Her area of expertise is the entertainment. As she strength her investigative skills, she dreams to work abroad and become a war audiovisual reports developer. A Peruvian talent hungry for adventure.