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IN PHOTOS: Deserted downtown Vancouver during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Retailers in downtown Vancouver have boarded up storefronts in the hopes of preventing vandalism and looting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With no staff and few people around, many fear their businesses could be a prime target.

Vancouver Police say thieves are attempting to take advantage of commercial spaces that are closed due to social distancing measures — and as a result, police are currently running several investigations targeting prolific offenders.

Vancouver Police are encouraging businesses to implement the following measures to prevent property crime:

  1. Move merchandise away from windows and out of view or remove it from the retail space altogether
  2. Use window shutters to minimize damage and reduce visibility
  3. Upgrade locks
  4. Increase outdoor lighting levels to ensure the space around your business is visible and well-lit

urbanYVR photographed the state of downtown Vancouver on Sunday, March 29, 2020, from the Central Business District, to Robson, Alberni, Granville and Gastown.

Retailers who have boarded up their storefronts include Lululemon, Aritzia, Nike, COS, Club Monaco, Hublot and others, while many more have papered over windows and drawn curtains to obscure what’s inside.

Video: Downtown Vancouver during the pandemic

Lids
Lids.
Close temporarily
Close temporarily.
Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters.
Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters.
Video surveillance
Video surveillance.
Video surveillance
Video surveillance.
Robson Street
Robson Street.
No cash or merchandise
No cash or merchandise.
Lululemon
Lululemon.
Lululemon
Lululemon.
Lululemon
Lululemon.
Coach
Coach.
Burrard Street
Burrard Street.
Burrard Street
Burrard Street.
Club Monaco
Club Monaco.
COS Robson
COS Robson.
Parklet
Parklet.
Banana Republic
Banana Republic.
Aritzia flagship
Aritzia flagship.
Aritzia flagship
Aritzia flagship.
Robson Street
Robson Street.
Nike store
Nike store.
MUJI
MUJI.
We Got Now
We Got Now.
New rental rates
New rental rates.
Prada
Prada.
YSL
Yves Saint Laurent.
Interior of YSL
Interior of YSL.
De Beers
Hublot and De Beers.
Tiffany and Co.
Tiffany and Co.
Dior
Dior.
West Georgia Street
West Georgia Street.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery.
Hotel Georgia
Hotel Georgia.
H&M
H&M.
Meinhardt
Meinhardt.
Holt Renfrew
Holt Renfrew.
Dunsmuir Street
Dunsmuir Street.
Holt Renfrew
Holt Renfrew.
West Pender Street
West Pender Street.
Rear boarding only
Rear boarding only.
Seymour Street
Seymour Street.
Le Magasin
Le Magasin.
"This epidemic will pass. Stay calm."
“This epidemic will pass. Stay calm.”
West Cordova and Cambie Street
West Cordova and Cambie Street.
Vancouver Film School
Vancouver Film School.
Parliament Gastown
Parliament Gastown.
COS Gastown
COS Gastown.
Hotel Europe
Hotel Europe.
Hotel Europe
Hotel Europe.
Hotel Europe
Hotel Europe.
West Hastings Street
West Hastings Street.
CBC Vancouver
CBC Vancouver.
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