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Photos From Day To Night, Here's What San Antonio Looks Like In The Wake Of COVID-19

Alamo Plaza is empty days after the mayor's stay-at-home order.
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Alamo Plaza is empty days after the mayor's stay-at-home order.

Just before midnight on Tuesday night, a stay-at-home order went into effect in the Alamo City. The order, intended to crub the reach of COVID-19 asks that citizens only leave their homes if necessary. As San Antonio residents adjust to an altered way of life, the city has never looked more different. Originally published on Wednesday, March 25, at 4:31 p.m.

An H-E-B employee lets shoppers into the store as others leave.
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An H-E-B employee lets shoppers into the store as others leave.

Line in front of H-E-B in deco district about 7:40 am. People at front said they had arrived at 6:30 am.
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Line in front of H-E-B in deco district about 7:40 am. People at front said they had arrived at 6:30 am.

Mayor Nirenberg requests that San Antonio residents only leave home if necessary, like to buy groceries.
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The order, issued by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other city officials, requests that San Antonio residents only leave home if necessary, like to buy groceries.

Trinity University closed its residence halls on March 16.
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Weeks before the stay-at-home order was issued, Trinity University announced to its students that residence halls would close March 16. Students and their families packed up during what was supposed to be the last few days of the students' spring break.

Malls have also closed to comply with the order, including La Cantera on the Northside.
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Multiple recreational areas have closed to comply with the order, including movie theaters and malls, like La Cantera on the Northside.

San Antonians still found ways to get fresh air in the days before the order was issued. The order asks that residents stay home unless necessary. Outdoor activity is allowed, so long as people practice social distancing.
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San Antonians still found ways to get fresh air in the days before the order was issued. The order asks that residents stay home unless necessary. Outdoor activity is allowed, so long as people practice social distancing.

Two people enjoy Brackenridge Park in the last day before the city's stay-at-home order will be enacted. The order asks Bexar County residents only to leave their homes if necessary and includes outdoor activities so long as social distance is maintained.
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Two people enjoy Brackenridge Park in the last day before the city's stay-at-home order will be enacted. The order asks Bexar County residents only to leave their homes if necessary and includes outdoor activities so long as social distance is maintained.

The River Walk in San Antonio is empty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Two days into the mayor's stay-at-home order, and the River Walk is empty.
The streets of downtown are empty as San Antonio citizens stay at home.
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The streets of downtown are empty as San Antonio citizens stay at home.
Even Alamo Plaza is deserted during the stay-at-home order.
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Even Alamo Plaza is deserted during the stay-at-home order.
There's not a car in sight on Commerce Street after the mayor's stay-at-home order.
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There's not a car in sight on E Commerce St. after the mayor's stay-at-home order.
Downtown San Antonio is empty, on the street level and on the River Walk.
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Downtown San Antonio is empty, on the street level and on the River Walk.
The live entertainment industry has been hit particularly hard by fallout from the spreading virus, especially after the CDC issued guidance in mid-March encouraging Americans to avoid gatherings of more than ten people, followed by many cities shuttering
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The live entertainment industry has been hit particularly hard by fallout from the spreading virus, especially after the CDC issued guidance in mid-March encouraging Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, followed by many cities shuttering bars and other non-essential businesses.

After 7 p.m. on weekend nights, the St. Mary's Strip is usually crowded. But after San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Texas Governor Greg Abbott shut down all bars, the area is empty.
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After 7 p.m. on weekend nights, the St. Mary's Strip is usually crowded. But after San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Texas Governor Greg Abbott shut down all bars, the area is empty.

Bars and restaurants are getting around the order and maintaining business by offering take-out and to-go options for customers, even for alcoholic beverages.
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Bars and restaurants, like Bombay Bicycle Club on St. Mary's Street, are getting around the order and maintaining business by offering take-out and to-go options for customers, even for alcoholic beverages.

After cities, counties and states restricted restaurants to take-out only, businesses emphasized curbside pickup and drive-through options.After cities, counties and states restricted restaurants to take-out only, businesses emphasized curbside pickup and drive-through options.
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Many restaurants are maintaining their businesses by offering take out and curbside service, like P.F. Chang's in the Quarry.
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Many restaurants are maintaining their businesses by offering take out and curbside service, like P.F. Chang's in the Quarry.
Though restaurants in the Quarry remain open for curbside to-go service, a majority of the other businesses are closed, including the Regal Alamo Quarry theater and Gold's Gym.
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Though restaurants in the Quarry remain open for curbside to-go service, a majority of the other businesses are closed, including the Regal Alamo Quarry theater and Gold's Gym.
Multiple movie theaters in San Antonio are closed, including Santikos Entertainment Palladium in the Rim.
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Multiple movie theaters in San Antonio are closed, including Santikos Entertainment Palladium in the Rim.

Even the zoo has had to close until further notice.
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Even the zoo has had to close until further notice.

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Many go-to joints, like the Friendly Spot in Southtown, are closed to comply with Mayor Nirenberg's stay-at-home order.
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Many go-to joints, like the Friendly Spot in Southtown, are closed to comply with Mayor Nirenberg's stay-at-home order.

The order also asks that, if citizens are to leave the house, that they be safe.
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The order also asks that, if citizens are to leave the house, that they be safe.

Three hours before Mayor Nirenberg's order went into action, I-35 was quiet.
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Three hours before Mayor Nirenberg's order went into action, I-35 was quiet.