How the Stay-At-Home Order
Changed San Francisco
The pandemic brought on by Covid-19 has made 2020 a challenging year for everyone. Transmission of this deadly disease was not well understood at the beginning of the year, and that prompted California to be the first state in the US to implement a mandatory stay-at-home order on March 19. Other states would follow suit, but a federal stay-at-home order was never implemented. The stay-at-home order transformed San Francisco from a bustling city of techies and tourists to a deserted city. This brought on dire consequences to the state's economy, which disproportionately impacted the most vulnerable members of the workforce.Lifting of the stay-at-home order began on May 9 with the reopening of low risk sectors. Between March 19 and May 9 I documented with photography the temporary eerie scene that had become San Francisco.