The streets were empty, businesses closed, and people stayed inside their homes. Looking back, we can see how the pandemic affected our city and how we came together to support one another during these difficult times.
To promote social distancing and prevent the spread of the virus, signage was put up everywhere, reminding people to maintain a distance of at least 2 meters or the length of one hockey stick apart.
It was a hard time when grocery shelves were often empty and essential items such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies were scarce, leading to long line-ups and panic buying.
Socially distanced line-ups became a common sight in Vancouver, with people seen queuing up outside grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential businesses.
The public space was dramatically changed during this time. Buses had to reduce the seating, schools and playgrounds were closed, and many in person meeting spaces were replaced by online ones instead.
When the weather warmed up, people began to venture outdoors, but they made sure to maintain a safe distance from others and remain in their social bubble.
Wearing masks in public spaces also became the norm, with many businesses and public places requiring them to be worn as a mandatory measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
Through all this, it also brought us together and gave us a new appreciation for healthcare workers in Vancouver. People showed their support through various means, including banging pots and pans at 7 pm each evening to show their gratitude for those on the front lines.