I couldn't help but think that, in the city at least, the whole thing had the feel of an exercise in population control via media manipulation. In other words, a system test to see if they could get everyone to stay indoors for 2 days. Just my paranoid, conspiratorial brain working too hard, no doubt.
I hear they'll be serving Soylent Green next time! But before that they'll be holding a big lottery with lots of winners, so be sure to get in on that.