Due to COVID-19: Documenting the Signs of the Pandemic
April 17, 2020 1:33 PM   Subscribe

 
Cool. Thanks!
posted by mazola at 1:41 PM on April 17


A local ad agency created these, showing our governor and the head of the state Department of Health (each with a stern warning), and hung some up downtown Providence on Monday. Reader, I swooned.

http://nail.cc/knockitoff/posters.pdf
posted by wenestvedt at 1:50 PM on April 17 [8 favorites]


The VTA has posted signs on every bus stop around here with a little flow chart, if I hadn't been on my bike I would've taken a photo:

IS THIS AN ESSENTIAL TRIP?
yes -> OK TO RIDE
no -> WHY ARE YOU EVEN READING THIS? GO HOME
posted by btfreek at 1:55 PM on April 17 [16 favorites]


I love this kind of cool visual collection, even for a terrible event like this one.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:16 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


I like this, too. I have no urgent tattoo needs, but I think I would probably reschedule any outstanding appointments rather than see how they practice social distancing while inking someone.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:38 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


This is great. Now who is compiling and archiving all the hilarious coronavirus memes that are going around?
posted by PhineasGage at 2:46 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]


The last time I was outside for a trip other than the grocery store or a brief visit to my office to do work I can't do from home, I tried to get lunch. I wanted takeout so I thought I'd give it a shot and found a sign that the place I was going was closed, but because that location closed in January. The intrusion of that moment of normalcy into COVID-19 world was weirdly unexpected.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 2:54 PM on April 17 [12 favorites]


I love this idea. I've been shooting a lot of these around LA for my own collection and will definitely be submitting
posted by rosary at 2:57 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]






This made it to BlogTO as well.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 3:11 PM on April 17


Seeing the Vancouver signs made me tear up unexpectedly...it’s where I grew up, and a lot of my family and friends still live there. I miss them and I worry about them.

I was there spending time with my dad in the hospital in January, February and very early March...seems like a million years ago now.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 3:22 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]


I’d like to see a similar collection documenting Coronavirus haircuts
posted by k8bot at 3:39 PM on April 17 [10 favorites]


Fnnc is the street artist of the moment in SF.
posted by Nelson at 3:40 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


k8bot, there are a few COVID hairstylings in the Oregonian. But yeah, we definitely need more. (Also, thanks to aniola for highlighting this--I need to check Projects more regularly.)
posted by Kat Allison at 3:49 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


Great project. Thanks for documenting this. Important archival work at a time of crisis, when I think many are forgetting to document these changes.
posted by Ahmad Khani at 4:10 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]


I’d like to see a similar collection documenting Coronavirus haircuts

If this goes on a few months, gonna be a lot of ponytail dudes out there.

Possibly including me, for the first time since 4 Non Blondes were in the charts.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 5:09 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


This is good!

Earlier today I was passing yet another sign, plaintive and simple in all caps on letter paper, and I wondered whether to stop and take a picture. I couldn't bring myself to do it. For one thing, I didn't want to take up sidewalk space, and for another, it's hard to imagine living so long that I will want to revisit these memories. Twenty years? Forty? Not long enough.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:31 PM on April 17


you cough you die
posted by mwhybark at 5:50 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


A.

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I am more interested in the pursuit of documenting these.
posted by mwhybark at 5:58 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]




Needs a complimentary compilation of audio/video advertisements that begin with something along the lines of “In these times of uncertainty...”/“In these troubled times...”/“In this new world we’re living in...”/“We live in a new normal...”

Like: I can barely watch YouTube now without it reminding me, despite everything else confirming, that things are different. Like: just stop. This already hurts, don’t need to rub salt in the wound via patronizing whathaveyou.
posted by JoeXIII007 at 6:10 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


Here you go, Joe>: Every Covid-19 Commercial is Exactly the Same
People, people, people. Family, family, family.
posted by Nosey Mrs. Rat at 6:21 PM on April 17 [13 favorites]


Oh thank you... :)
posted by JoeXIII007 at 6:33 PM on April 17


At the end of my block is a store that was closing anyway (lease ran out). I gather the owners' plans for a clearance sale at the end of March went awry with the premature closing in mid-March, but the store currently has a huge sign inside the plate glass frontage reading STORE CLOSING PERMANENTLY with much more modest sign in the door: I AM NOT ESSENTIAL.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:39 PM on April 17 [12 favorites]


I was hoping someone would do something like this
posted by latkes at 9:02 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


I love those honey bears very much.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:08 PM on April 17


In Stratford ON, I saw a sign reading “Closed until we reopen”, which is, well, true.
posted by Capt. Renault at 9:17 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


The psychic missed the opportunity to do a play on the classic “closed due to unforeseen circumstances” gag.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 10:09 PM on April 17 [10 favorites]


Needs a complimentary compilation of audio/video advertisements that begin with something along the lines of “In these times of uncertainty...”/“In these troubled times...”/“In this new world we’re living in...”/“We live in a new normal...”
The radio where I live is full of these. I'm glad for the sake of the people working at the radio stations that these companies haven't just pulled their ads entirely, but it is exhausting to have commercial breaks filled with ever-so-earnest, deep, invariably male voiceovers telling us that in These Unprecedented Times, Aldi supermarket are working incredibly hard to provide Essential Food and Supplies for Our Frontline Heroes etc etc.

As things drag on past the first month, shops considered non-essential are starting to look increasingly abandoned and decrepit. Mother's Day was on 22 March and it really brought it home to me to see a slightly faded sign for Mother's Day cards in the window of Card Factory yesterday. (I've already told my mum she's getting an e-card and an IOU for a nice afternoon tea when everything reopens for her birthday at the end of April!) I live in the middle of nowhere and my neighbourhood looks like it always does, except that everyone's at home, so it's really shocking on my rare visits to the town centre for food to see how different and sad it looks.
posted by winterhill at 2:21 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]


Now who is compiling and archiving all the hilarious coronavirus memes that are going around?

This team of women.
posted by msbrauer at 6:44 AM on April 18 [7 favorites]


saw this today.

at this time
we're unable to slice ham.
sorry for the inconvenience
posted by clavdivs at 8:35 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


In a recent feature about Las Vegas, the writer described a strip club bearing an image of a dancer in a skirt with the words “Sorry, We’re Clothed.”
posted by kinnakeet at 9:02 AM on April 18 [6 favorites]


For some reason, the 'fermé pour vous et nous merci' was unexpectedly poignant to me.
posted by eclectist at 11:53 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


Brought back memories of when I was growing into consciousness during WWII. Many stores and establishments had signs in their windows saying, "Closed for the duration." I thought duration meant forever. Wrong then; can only hope wrong now.
posted by charlesminus at 12:23 PM on April 18 [17 favorites]


Important archival work at a time of crisis, when I think many are forgetting to document these changes.

Or are staying in and thus can’t document.... Those of us who are seriously vulnerable aren’t exactly wandering around town.
posted by bile and syntax at 7:35 AM on April 19


Clicking on the first link leads immediately to McAfee saying

This link -- 𝙙𝙪𝙚𝙩𝙤𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙙19.𝙘𝙤𝙢 -- is a Dangerous Site.

Are you sure you want to go here?
It could contain viruses or other threats


Why do you suppose that is ?
posted by y2karl at 9:03 PM on April 19


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