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How San Marcos, TX has Changed Since Quarantine Began

When spring break began, there was a lot of uncertainty about how our country would handle the ever growing ‘pandemic’ we’d all been hearing about. Texas State University, along with many others, announced an extended week for spring break and two week of online class to follow. By the end, life was expected to be back to normal. However, things quickly took a turn for the worse. Most businesses began to close and emergency orders began taking place. No more than 200 people may gather. No more than 50 people may gather. No more than 10 people may gather. Everyone’s been told to stay home indefinitely to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. This small college town looks very different now that a large majority of the residents have gone and many businesses can’t open. This week I went around town, staying only in my car, to photograph the changes I’ve noticed since this nightmare began.

Since early March, local and state governments all across the country have started requiring citizens to stay home as much as possible to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading more than it already as. For those who own their own restaurant, this has become a major issue. Essential businesses are allowed to be open, but here in Hays County, no more than 10 people can gather in one area. This means dining rooms themselves are closed and the other methods for selling food are through delivery and curbside pick-up. If you’d like to help support some local restaurants going through this rough time, I’ve made an interactive map that tells you which places are open and what type of services they’re currently offering.

To help cope with having to stay inside during quarantine, I’ve had to find creative ways to keep myself busy. It turns out that staring at my phone all day everyday can get quite boring after a while. I’ve mainly tried to find ways to stay busy and still focus on self care. I’ve found a few things that have helped keep me sane and busy while stuck inside.

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