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Signs of the Time: Business Respond to Coronavirus

The Long Island Bar in Cobble Hill announces its voluntarily closing during the coronavirus outbreak, March 14, 2020.
The Long Island Bar in Cobble Hill announces its voluntarily closing during the coronavirus outbreak, March 14, 2020. Photo: Yoav Gonen/THE CITY

With coronavirus concerns sweeping the city, businesses and cultural institutions responded with closings and reductions in service.

Reporters from THE CITY captured signs documenting the virus’ impact on life in New York.

Photo: Jose Martinez/THE CITY

A Manhattan Whole Foods tried to prevent a run on basic necessities, though the empty shelves may tell the story.

Photo: Virginia Breen/THE CITY

Bedrock cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, were forced to close after state officials banned gatherings of more than 500 people.

A note on the museum’s website said the Met would undergo a “thorough cleaning” while shuttered for an unspecified amount of time.

Photo: Claudia Irizarry Aponte/THE CITY

An Inwood bodega let customers know how diligent staffer are about disinfecting.

Photo: Jose Martinez/THE CITY

Broadway theaters scrambled to provide information while the district faced an unprecedented shutdown.

Photo: Eileen Grench/THE CITY

A Harlem urban farm let community members know it couldn’t provide the usual compost collection services.

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A Bedford-Stuyvesant bar dramatically limited the amount of customers allowed inside and announced other safety measures.

Photo: Virginia Breen/THE CITY

Some major Manhattan retailers closed with no official reopening date.

Photo: Virginia Breen/THE CITY

A Midtown deli implored customers to take safety precautions while picking out food.

Photo: Christine Chung/THE CITY

Fellow New Yorkers also urged proactive measures to keep the spirit of the city alive. A sign posted at Canal Street called for acceptance and vigilance in combatting the coronavirus.

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