Clearing out: Sights of campus, National Mall after students left

Media Credit: Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A message from the D.C. artist Absurdly Well reading “Wash Your Hands” is seen on an electrical box.


Clearing out: Sights of campus, National Mall after students left

As campus and the surrounding areas of D.C. shut down, the District looks more like a ghost town than a bustling city.

Students were required to leave campus Friday, and many GWorld vendors shuttered amid the COVID-19 pandemic. After people packed their things and left GW, The Hatchet captured some sights of the National Mall, Tidal Basin and Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses.

An empty classroom is seen through a window on the Mount Vernon Campus. Most classes will be held online throughout the rest of the semester.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

Chairs have been removed from the basement of Shenkman Hall where Gallery, Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins are located.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

There’s no traffic in sight on Rock Creek Parkway at about 5 p.m., when it would typically be rush hour.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A person prepares to throw a ball in the air on the grass next to the Washington Monument. The National Mall is now closed to limit the spread of the virus.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

The Woodley Park-Zoo/ Adams Morgan Metro stop on the red line had only one rider on the afternoon of March 16. Metro has adjusted its schedule to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

Chairs in Potomac Park are propped up against tables.

Ari Golub | Photographer

A person walks by Philips Hall holding a cardboard box.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

Two people pass the ball on the Mount Vernon Campus tennis courts.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

Rome Hall, which holds some arts and science classes, will be mostly empty for the rest of the semester.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

Chick-fil-A, like many other GWorld vendors, have closed.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A sign is posted on the door of the Smith Center reading, “Building closed indefinitely.”

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A silhouette of the Washington Monument is reflected in a pool of water.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A classroom in the Elliott School of International Affairs, like many other classrooms, will seat no students this semester.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A message from the D.C. artist Absurdly Well reading “wash your hands” is seen on an electrical box.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A visitor wearing a face mask takes a photo of the cherry blossoms during peak bloom.

Akasah Parmathy | Staff Photographer





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