During the past several weeks, signs have been popping up across Santa Barbara County in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Colorful homemade signs thanking medical workers cover a chain-link fence at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The heartfelt messages of gratitude are a visible way that community members are connecting and reaching out as the coronavirus pandemic keeps people physically separate.
Other signs remind people that a 6-foot distance must be maintained between people, displays of “Stay Safe” signs are up on schools and theater marquees, and other signs encourage everyone to stick together through difficult situations.
Signs show guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on good hygiene practices and protection from the novel coronavirus.
Many businesses have affixed signs on the front doors to inform customers of a temporary store closure, creating an eerie stillness as people stroll by mostly empty shops that have their doors shut.
Customized signs announced restaurant take-out options, curbside service, delivery and virtual shopping as the coronavirus brings much of the county to a standstill.
The entrance areas of popular gathering spots have signs of all sizes to explain COVID-19-related closures.
People have rushed to stock up on goods, and shelves have been empty in some aisles amid fears of the coronavirus outbreak.
Signs were placed inside retail and grocery stores to curb binge-buying sprees and hoarding by limiting customer purchases of most-wanted items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer and canned foods.
The slideshow with this story includes some of the signs that Noozhawk found around Santa Barbara County during the pandemic.
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