Coronavirus Pandemic: Bay Area sheltering in place, 1 month later and counting -- COVID-19 Diaries

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Shelter in Place: One Month In
These Bay Area residents provide life updates after the first full month of shelter in place.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Personal trainer Nate Berry made a prediction when we interviewed him during the first week of San Francisco Bay Area's shelter-in-place order during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

"A month from now, we're going to be easing back into normal life," Berry said.

On March 16, 2020, six San Francisco Bay Area counties ordered residents to stay home, except for essential work or outings due to COVID-19.

At the time, people thought the stay-at-home order would last for a couple of weeks. Bay Area residents compiled enough supplies to last until the end of March, rescheduled appointments to April, and hoped to return to school in time for graduation.

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A month later, the entire Bay Area is still sheltering in place. We now line up before entering grocery stores and stand behind tape markings 6 feet apart at the checkout.

Celebrations and social engagements have transformed into Zoom parties and happy hours with virtual backgrounds. Going outside is a luxury, and coming home involves an arduous disinfecting process. We are settling into daily routines, but the definition of "normal life" has drastically changed.

To mark the first full month of sheltering in place, we re-interviewed the same group of individuals that we spoke to throughout week one featured in COVID-19 Diaries Chapter 1. Watch "Shelter in Place: One Month In" to hear stories of how life has changed for a high school senior, bride-to-be, small business owner, pediatrician, and retired couple.

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Learn about what they miss the most and hear their predictions of where we'll be one month from now.

COVID-19 Diaries is an ABC7 Originals limited series that shares the personal stories of Bay Area people as we work together to cope with coronavirus and re-define what it means to live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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