The Pandemic & My Hometown: Sara Martin

By Sara Martin

 The recent coronavirus outbreak has affected many people in many different ways, more ways than imaginable.

In the community of Richmond, Virginia things have been different and changing daily. What was the norm is no longer and the new normal is now quarantine and a state wide stay-at-home order.

All non-essential stores are closed and restaurants are now takeout, delivery and drive-throughs only.

 Parks are still open for exercising and fishing and many citizens have taken advantage of this. More than usually people are outside enjoying the weather by walking, riding bikes and running.

While grocery stores are frequently crowded with people stocking up on food, cleaning supplies and other essential items.

 The citizens of Richmond are staying hopeful and continue to practice social-distancing the best they can.

A full parking lot pictured at the Walmart in Glen Allen, VA.

The toilet paper shelves at Walmart are wiped bare, as customers stock up.

Walmart sets up hand sanitizing station at the entrances and exits of the building.

Walmart changes store hours and holds hour-long shopping events for seniors and those at risk.

The Kroger in Glen Allen, VA located on Staples Mill Road is pictured with many customers in the parking lot coming for essential items.


Cleaning supplies is bare at Kroger, as customers are stocking up to stay safe and clean.


Pictured, Kroger looking as crowded as usual as customers pick up food and other essentials for quarantine.
Restaurants, such as Home Team Grill, are offering curbside pickup for customers.

Shoppers seem to be following safety precautions, wearing gloves and masks, this one ended up on the ground in the parking lot.


Kroger holds shopping hours for at-risk groups in a way to try and protect the community members.

Kroger’s toilet paper shelves are wiped clear, the store set a limit per customer to try to ration the products they have.


Local parks stay open for those wanting to get outside, pictured Echo Lake Park.

Bowl America closes after Governor, Ralph S. Northam releases the Executive order to stay-at-home.

Before the stay-at-home order, Belle Isle in Richmond is seen packed with people trying to enjoy the weather.

Restaurants offer take out and delivery, asking customers to not enter the building.

The Short Pump Regal Cinema closes after the order to stay-at-home asks for all non-essential business to close.

A very rare site, as Short Pump Mall’s parking lot is empty, aside from a security car.

Short Pump Mall officially closed March 30th, after the Executive order to stay-at-home.

Stores, like Urban Outfitters, post signs on the doors telling customers to shop online.

Office Max stays open but also offers curbside pickup for customers.

Urban Outfitters, at the Short Pump Mall, closed before the Executive order, in order to keep customers safe.

First-grade teacher, Meagan Martin, makes copies of worksheets to send to her students at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School, after all schools close.

The parking lot at Glen Allen High School remains empty, as all schools in Virginia close.

The teachers at Glen Allen High School put up a poster on the marquee telling students they love and miss them.

All churches in the community have closed, leaving some to hold service over video or Facebook Live. Pictured Saint Michael Catholic Church.

Walgreens sign displaying, “Wash Your Hands,” to those who drive by.

All gyms in the area have closed. American Family Fitness is pictured with an empty parking lot.

Wegmans puts down tape in the aisles as a reminder to stay six feet apart.

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