Redlands amid a pandemic: Curbside views depict kindness, social shifts


COVID-19, or better known as the coronavirus, has led the community of Redlands, California, like many across the globe, into a stressful and melancholy period as businesses struggle to stay open, people stay home to avoid catching the virus and many are battling dealing with the virus directly as well. The following pictures give a sense of how the Redlands community is doing amid the coronavirus. Many have been inspired to perform acts of kindness for the community, whether it’s by chalk art for people walking to see or posting reminders of safety and health.

A house next to Starbucks has chalk art displayed thanking workers and advising people to make their coffee at home on their brick wall on East Clark Street in Redlands on April 4, 2020. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

State Streets local businesses, Furry Face and Darby’s, have their storefronts boarded up in Redlands on April 4, 2020. It is increasingly more common for businesses to board up their property in order to prevent theft or vandalism. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

Accounting 4 Computers and Pro-Tax Solutions building’s window is decorated with markers advising people to stay home on East Redlands Blvd. on April 4, 2020. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, many people have been encouraged to spread hope by sharing positive messages on windows. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

Benjarong Thai Cuisine reminds customers with a poster that they are still open for take out only on West Park Ave. in Redlands on April 4, 2020. The stay-at-home order that California governor Gavin Newsom issued on March 20 has greatly affected businesses since as they depend on daily business to stay open. With many workers having to be laid off or cut their pay due to slowing business, people can show support to their local businesses by buying from them in this stressful and despairing time for many. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

A sign notifies people of the closure of the playground in Jennie Davis Park in Redlands on April 4, 2020. To enforce the practice of social distancing, many other parks and school campuses have closed and been locked across Redlands, including the Redlands Dog Park and Skate Park. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

Parking lots at Mountain Grove and for EOS Fitness are seen completely empty in Redlands on April 4, 2020. The emptiness of these parking lots at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night, a time that would usually be booming with cars and people, reflects proper precautions people and businesses are taking by staying home and closing their doors. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

Gas prices are shown reaching unusual lows at an Arco Gas Station on Barton Rd. in Redlands on April 4, 2020. With everyone in California expected to stay home, the demand for gas has declined heavily thus resulting in cheaper gas prices. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

Houses display Christmas lights for passing people and cars to enjoy in Redlands on April 4, 2020. Many houses are deciding to put up Christmas lights as a sign of hope and cheerfulness for their community. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

A house is shown with Christmas lights and a teddy bear in the window in Redlands on April 4, 2020. Across the nation, a teddy bear hunt has started for the purpose of spreading hope and happiness to children. To participate, simply put a teddy bear or stuffed animal in your window visible for people to see as they pass your house. This little act of kindness will go a long way in letting others know that everyone is connected and together even with having to stay apart. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

Chalk art is seen on a sidewalk in front of a house on Dearborn St. in Redlands on April 5, 2020. Brightening people with chalk art has been another way of spreading joy and hope to others at home. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

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