All across America, restaurants, shops and other businesses have been closing their doors in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Apple, Express, Urban Outfitters and Guess? stores are closed “until further notice.” Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works are closed indefinitely as well. Nordstrom will be closed at least until April 5, Kate Spade and Coach stores will stay closed through April 10, and Men’s Wearhouse locations are closed “until at least May 4,” USA Today reported. Restaurants and bar closings vary from state-to-state, with some states mandating that all dining establishments be open for takeout and delivery only. Coffee shops, gyms and movie theaters have been closing their doors, too.
All of this adds up to a very different consumer environment for the average American. Instead of visiting their favorite retail stores and shopping malls in person, consumers are doing their shopping online. Sitting down at a neighborhood restaurant might no longer be an option, so delivery, drive-thru and takeout have become the norm. And even though grocery stores remain open, there has been a spike in sales through grocery delivery platforms such as Instacart, Walmart Grocery and Shipt, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported.
With many sheltered at home, you might not know exactly what the reality looks like for consumers across the country. Here’s a peek into American consumer life in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last updated: March 31, 2020
Pictured: A street vendor sells flowers as a mask-wearing shopper walks in the Columbia Heights area in Washington, March 19, 2020. The spread and containment efforts of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions to daily life across the globe.
Mount Rainier, Maryland — March 28, 2020
Cellist Jodi Beder performs a daily concert on her front porch in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Mount Rainier, Maryland, March 28, 2020. Beder started the concerts to help her neighbors deal with the boredom brought on by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Port Deposit, Maryland — March 29, 2020
Pleasant View Baptist Church in Port Deposit, Maryland, held drive-in church services as a way to help parishioners cope with the coronavirus pandemic. As of this date, there have been more than 133,000 cases of infection by the coronavirus in the United States, resulting in more than 2,300 deaths.
Washington — March 28, 2020
Pat Roth, pictured through her living room window, sews homemade face masks which she donates to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2020. To help with the mask shortage, brought on by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Roth enlisted other retired seniors from her water aerobics group for her sewing and donation efforts. The eight women sewers scrounge materials they have at home, some ordering from Amazon, paying out of their own pockets for their supplies.
Venice, California — March 28, 2020
LAPD officers ask a skater to leave the closed skatepark next to the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic in Venice, California, March 28, 2020. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered yesterday for all the beaches and trails to be closed to fight against the spread of the epidemic.
New York — March 27, 2020
Two men, who identified themselves as “Big Jay” and “The Genius,” wear protective masks and gloves while playing a game of chess in the Flat Iron District of New York.
Venice, California — March 28, 2020
A woman rides her bike past a mural showing a couple kissing with face masks next to the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic in Venice, California, March 28, 2020. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered yesterday for all the beaches and trails to be closed to fight against the spread of the epidemic.
Perryville, Maryland — March 27, 2020
Perryville residents and their dogs visit Box Car Ice Cream for a treat on a beautiful spring afternoon. The local staple usually is packed with longs lines, but today only a local family and their pets were there. As of this date, there have been more than 100,000 cases of infection by the coronavirus in the United States, resulting in more than 1,500 deaths.
Washington — March 27, 2020
A woman is reflected in a shop window with a skeleton on display at a normally busy M Street in Georgetown, which is near empty before lunch hour in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2020. Efforts to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic have caused business and restaurant closures nationwide.
New York — March 19, 2020
A cyclist wears a face mask in Times Square in Manhattan due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Hot Springs, Arizona — March 14, 2020
An empty grandstand overlooks racing on Rebel Stakes Day as the novel coronavirus pandemic sparks outbreaks across the country, causing the suspension of nearly all major sporting events with one of the few exceptions being horse racing. The need to keep thoroughbreds in good health has brought race tracks like Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to chose to allow racing, but kept the house empty of everyone but vital staff and some media in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Santa Monica, California — March 18, 2020
View of a deserted Santa Monica Pier amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Santa Monica, California, March 18, 2020.
Denver — March 18, 2020
Few passengers file through the north security checkpoint in Denver International Airport as travelers deal with the spread of the coronavirus in Denver. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness.
Smyrna, Georgia — March 14, 2020
Stephanie Miller of Atlanta buys guns and ammunition for them at Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Georgia. Miller said she had been on the fence about guns but with recent events she decided to buy guns.
Chicago — March 12, 2020
Players with the University of Missouri baseball team wait in the baggage claim area of Chicago’s Midway Airport, only to arrive in Chicago and then get notified that the team’s SEC Conference opener with Alabama on Friday had been canceled.
Des Moines, Iowa — March 17, 2020
Patrick Minor loads food onto a delivery truck at the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry in Des Moines, Iowa. With the new coronavirus leaving many people at least temporarily out of work, food banks and pantries across the U.S. are scrambling to meet an expected surge in demand, even as older volunteers have been told to stay home and calls for social distancing have complicated efforts to package and distribute food.
New Orleans — March 13, 2020
School Resource Officer Donald Lee locks the gates of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School for Science and Technology, after all the students left, in New Orleans. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, on Friday, closed K-12 public schools across the state for roughly a month and banned gatherings of more than 250 people in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness.
Freeport, Maine — March 16, 2020
Steve Gauvin installs a lock on a door at the L. L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine. L. L. Bean is closing all its retail stores to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The flagship store, which is usually open 24 hours a day, did not have locks on most of its doors.
Boston — March 17, 2020
Few shoppers pass through the Prudential Center Shopping Center in Boston, March 17, 2020. In an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ordered a three-week suspension of school operations as well as limiting gatherings to 25 individuals and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants, beginning on March 17 and effective until April 6 and Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh closed all public libraries as well as local construction sites.
Detroit — March 16, 2020
Security guard screens visitors before entering Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. U.S. hospitals are setting up triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel elective surgery as they brace for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients.
Minneapolis — March 18, 2020
The popular Nicollet Mall during the lunch hour is almost deserted in downtown Minneapolis. As a result of the coronavirus, many retailers are closing or cutting back hours. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.
Vicksburg, Mississippi — March 17, 2020
Traffic passes the closed Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi. All of Mississippi’s state-regulated casinos were ordered closed by midnight Monday to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.
Atlanta — March 23, 2020
Bell Street Burritos manager Cesar Chavez hands a free roll of toilet paper to a customer as he brings out his order, in Atlanta, March 23, 2020. Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant closed its dining room, only offering delivery, carryout and curbside service, and, as part of a promotion, is offering a free roll of toilet paper with orders over a certain amount. In addition, it was selling a wider variety of goods including produce, dairy, cleaning products, rubber gloves and toilet paper.
Omaha, Nebraska — March 18, 2020
The Aksarben Village movie theater is closed in Omaha, Nebraska, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Las Vegas — March 18, 2020
Man stands on a pedestrian overpass along the Las Vegas Strip after all casinos in the state were ordered to shut down due to the coronavirus in Las Vegas. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
Derry, New Hampshire — March 18, 2020
Two residents select items on a community table filled with groceries for those in need in Derry, New Hampshire. The table was started as part of a local Facebook group, reaching out to residents who are impacted by the virus outbreak and the quick slowdown in the economy. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems.
Hoboken, New Jersey — March 17, 2020
A man walks his dog on a mostly empty street before the start of a 10 p.m. curfew in Hoboken, New Jersey. Hoboken has instituted a citywide curfew that began Monday and will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It requires all residents to remain in their homes, barring emergencies. Starting Tuesday it also ordered its 55,000 residents to isolate at home for a week.
New York City — March 16, 2020
Tourists stand inside The Oculus at the World Trade Center transportation hub in New York. New York state entered a new phase in the coronavirus pandemic Monday, joining with Connecticut and New Jersey to close bars, restaurants and movie theaters starting Monday night. The governors said restaurants and bars will move to takeout and delivery services only. The three states also will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, effective 8 p.m.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina — March 18, 2020
A pedestrian walks through campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The UNC system announced Tuesday that it would be instructing students to return to their permanent address unless granted an exception to remain in university housing due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Oklahoma City — March 17, 2020
Passengers walk through a nearly empty concourse at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, as airlines limit flights due to the virus outbreak.
Lake Oswego, Oregon — March 17, 2020
A marquee outside the Lake Theater Café in Lake Oswego, Oregon, offers advice on how not to spread germs. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday banned on-site consumption at bars and restaurants around the state for at least four weeks in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and said gatherings will be limited to 25 people or fewer.
North Providence, Rhode Island — March 19, 2020
Shoppers wait in line to enter a Stop & Shop supermarket during hours open daily only for seniors in North Providence, Rhode Island. This week, grocery store chains and other retailers began offering special shopping hours for seniors and other groups considered the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus. The dedicated shopping times are designed to allow seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions to shop among smaller crowds and reduce their chances of acquiring the virus.
Charleston, South Carolina — March 16, 2020
Passengers disembark from the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship in Charleston, South Carolina. Passengers said they had their temperature taken before getting on the cruise ship for the four-day cruise to the Bahamas but did not have their temperature taken getting off. According to passengers, cruise officials did ask them if they felt OK when leaving.
Nashville, Tennessee — March 16, 2020
A man walks by Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, closed because of the coronavirus, in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville Mayor John Cooper has called for bars on Broadway and throughout the county to close until further notice. He also asked restaurants to limit seating to 50% of capacity, with a cap of 100 people, and restaurant bars to not allow standing.
Salt Lake City — March 13, 2020
Gateway outdoor mall is desolate during the “state of emergency” in Salt Lake City.
Milwaukee — March 17, 2020
A popular bar is seen empty on St. Patrick’s Day in Milwaukee. On Monday, Milwaukee County municipalities ordered bars and restaurants to close, except for carryout, delivery and curbside service because of the coronavirus concerns.
Washington — March 21, 2020
A few customers visit the Eastern Market in Washington, D.C., March 24, 2020. Mayor Muriel Bowser has said she will close all nonessential businesses, according to media reports, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
New York — March 22, 2020
A food delivery person rides down Ninth Avenue in New York, March 22, 2020. This week New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statewide shut down of all nonessential businesses and a ban on all nonsolitary outside activities that is set begin on Sunday night in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Washington — March 18, 2020
A woman wearing a face mask attends the start of the annual cherry blossom bloom on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., March 18, 2020. Efforts to contain the ongoing pandemic of the COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have caused travel disruptions, sporting events cancellations, runs on cleaning supplies and food and other inconveniences. The U.S. has at least 7,301 confirmed coronavirus cases and 116 deaths so far, although the number of tests has been strictly limited.
Miami — March 23, 2020
Empty check-in lanes are seen at Miami International Airport amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key West, Florida — March 21, 2020
Businesses and residents prepare for the coronavirus in Key West.
Bloomington, Indiana — March 18, 2020
Shoppers fill a Kroger grocery store, stripping many shelves clean of merchandise during the COVID-19 national emergency. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb banned in-person dining in all restaurants and shut down all bars in Indiana. Due to panic shopping and some people hoarding, hand sanitizer and other disinfectants are hard to find in the community, so Cardinal Spirits made a hand sanitizer to offer to the public.
Alexandria, Virginia — March 21, 2020
A shopper loads his vehicle at Restaurant Depot, a restaurant supply warehouse, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Alexandria, Virginia, March 21, 2020. Restaurants throughout Virginia are being urged by Gov. Ralph Northam to offer takeout and delivery options to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Seattle — March 20, 2020
Friend and fellow restaurant owner Brian Patrick saws a piece of plywood while helping to board up the windows at a pizza restaurant owned by Brian Lee in Seattle, on March 20, 2020. The restaurant remains open for takeout orders. Lee boarded up the windows as a safety precaution. Countries around the world are taking increased measures to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease.
Coral Springs, Florida — March 19, 2020
People offering free toilet paper in Coral Springs, Florida, amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Arlington, Virginia — March 19, 2020
Fairfax County Public Schools’ food service workers hand out free lunches to students while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic at Mosby Woods School in Fairfax, Virginia, March 19, 2020. All Fairfax County public school buildings are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
New York — March 20, 2020
People are seen outside in Domino Park in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
Los Angeles — March 22, 2020
People ignore advice to stay indoors and continue with their workouts at the Culver City Overlook.
Brooklyn, New York — March 24, 2020
A man wears a mask while carrying groceries across Queens Blvd. in the borough of Queens in New York, March 24, 2020. Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statewide shut down of all nonessential businesses and a ban on all nonsolitary outside activities that is set begin on Sunday night in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Los Angeles — March 17, 2020
A line is formed outside of a gun store in Culver City in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Beverly Hills, California — March 20, 2020
The closed Lumiere Cinema at the Music Hall theater displays a message to passersby during the state of California’s shelter in place order due to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the COVID-19 disease in Beverly Hills, California, March 20, 2020. All nonessential businesses were ordered to shut down and the 40 million people of the state were told to remain in their homes “until further notice.”
Washington — March 19, 2020
Celebrity chef Jose Andres waits to have to-go meals from his restaurant Jaleo loaded into his vehicle to be donated to area firefighters and the homeless in Washington, March 19, 2020. Several of chef Andres’ restaurants have opened as community kitchens offering a limited menu at discounted prices. The spread and containment efforts of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic have caused disruptions to daily life across the globe.
New York — March 17, 2020
Carol Sterling, 83, gives a thumbs-up to Liam Elkind after he delivers groceries to her apartment as part of a newly formed volunteer group he cofounded, Invisible Hands. The retired arts administrator has been sheltering at home during the coronavirus outbreak, unable to shop for herself. Yearning for some fresh food, she found the 20-year-old through their synagogue and soon he showed up at her door with a bag full of salad fixings and oranges.
San Francisco — March 18, 2020
A boarded window at a closed store with a message in the Haight-Ashbury district, “We Will Get By, We Will Survive” in San Francisco, March 18, 2020. Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties issued an “unprecedented” shelter-in-place legal order directing their residents to stay at home, except for essential work, essential needs, such as grocery shopping, food or food services, and walking the dog for three weeks. Grocery stores, banks, laundry and other essential business will remain open. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of the most recently discovered coronavirus and the disease COVID-19 a pandemic.
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