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Gallery: A week in photos: Westwood businesses and residents respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

By Jintak Han, Axel Lopez, Liz Ketcham, Naveed Pour, David Rimer

March 22, 2020 4:52 p.m.

Wilshire Boulevard, normally one of the busiest roads in Los Angeles, is nearly empty on a Sunday afternoon as people stayed home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Jintak Han/Daily Bruin)

Brandy Melville, a clothing chain, temporarily closed along with many other Westwood retail businesses in order to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus.

(Jintak Han/Daily Bruin)

Long checkout lines spill into depleted aisles at Ralphs, a supermarket chain. The store had not yet limited customer occupancy as of March 13.

(David Rimer/Daily Bruin)

Pet food remained well-stocked while toilet paper shelves were empty at Ralphs. Shoppers cleared shelves of toilet paper, pasta and bottled water.

(David Rimer/Daily Bruin)

Because of high demand for certain commodities, many retailers put limits on how many items people could purchase. A sign posted on a shelf at Ralphs asked customers to limit themselves to three cases of water each.

(Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Ralphs customers wait in long lines to check out.

(Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

A lone banana sits on the shelf at Ralphs.

(Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

The pandemic caused people to buy toilet paper en masse, leaving the shelves at Target empty. Despite restricting purchases to one bundle per person, Target still sold out of the rolls.

(Jintak Han/Daily Bruin)

The pharmacy aisles did not fare any better. Customer demand left the Target pharmacy shelves short on cold and flu medicine, painkillers and cough drops.

(Jintak Han/Daily Bruin)

Shoppers also raided the tortilla aisle at Target. Tortillas can be preserved for many months if frozen, making them suitable for a potential long-term quarantine.

(Jintak Han/Daily Bruin)

Just like toilet paper, hand sanitizer and soap skyrocketed in demand, forcing Target to limit purchases to one bottle per customer amid a nationwide hand sanitizer shortage.

(Jintak Han/Daily Bruin)

The lights of the Regency theaters in Westwood Village remain dark after the close of Los Angeles County’s movie theaters. On Thursday, LA city officials issued new rules to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The new Safe at Home order requires, with some exceptions, that LA residents remain at home, businesses that cannot operate remotely to close, and for public gatherings to be banned.

(Naveed Pour/Daily Bruin)

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Jintak Han | Former senior staff photojournalist and news reporter
Jintak Han is a former senior staff photojournalist and news reporter who graduated in 2020. He served as an Assistant Photo editor from 2016 to 2017. Working at the Bruin through his entire undergraduate career since 2014, Han has won national recognition and numerous awards for his photojournalism. He is also known for his investigative reporting for the City & Crime beat. Han currently works as a freelance photojournalist and reporter for multiple news organizations.
Jintak Han is a former senior staff photojournalist and news reporter who graduated in 2020. He served as an Assistant Photo editor from 2016 to 2017. Working at the Bruin through his entire undergraduate career since 2014, Han has won national recognition and numerous awards for his photojournalism. He is also known for his investigative reporting for the City & Crime beat. Han currently works as a freelance photojournalist and reporter for multiple news organizations.
Axel Lopez | Alumnus
Lopez was a senior staff photographer from 2019-2020. He was previously an Assistant Photo editor from 2018-2019. He likes portraiture and sports photography.
Lopez was a senior staff photographer from 2019-2020. He was previously an Assistant Photo editor from 2018-2019. He likes portraiture and sports photography.
Liz Ketcham | Digital managing editor
Ketcham is the 2020-2021 Digital managing editor. She was previously the 2019-2020 Photo editor, as well as a 2018-2019 assistant Photo editor covering the News beat.
Ketcham is the 2020-2021 Digital managing editor. She was previously the 2019-2020 Photo editor, as well as a 2018-2019 assistant Photo editor covering the News beat.
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