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In Pictures: Living through a pandemic

The windows at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City are illuminated in the shape of a heart on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
The windows at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City are illuminated in the shape of a heart on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life for everyone in one way or another. These photos show what life has been like for many Utahns.

A pedestrian makes their way through an empty Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, April 13, 2020.
A pedestrian makes their way through an empty Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
A sign announcing City Creek Center in Salt Lake City is closed due the COVID-19 pandemic is pictured on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
A sign announcing City Creek Center in Salt Lake City is closed due the COVID-19 pandemic is pictured on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
The marquee at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City reminds people to “stay safe, stay home” on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
The marquee at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City reminds people to “stay safe, stay home” on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
An empty sitting area in the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City is pictured on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
An empty sitting area in the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City is pictured on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
The streets of downtown Salt Lake City are unusually quiet on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
The streets of downtown Salt Lake City are unusually quiet on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Jessee Osborne, lead custodian at Mount Jordan Middle School in Sandy, walks through the school’s empty halls on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Utah’s K-12 public schools will remain closed for in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year, state officials announced Tuesday.
Jessee Osborne, lead custodian at Mount Jordan Middle School in Sandy, walks through the school’s empty halls on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Utah’s K-12 public schools will remain closed for in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year, state officials announced Tuesday.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Bella Johnson, a sixth grade student at Westmore Elementary School in Orem, jumps while wearing a gorilla suit as her sister, Hannah Johnson, holds a sign as teachers from the school parade around Alpine School District neighborhoods to show support for their students on Monday, April 13, 2020. The school moved to remote learning on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bella Johnson, a sixth grade student at Westmore Elementary School in Orem, jumps while wearing a gorilla suit as her sister, Hannah Johnson, holds a sign as teachers from the school parade around Alpine School District neighborhoods to show support for their students on Monday, April 13, 2020. The school moved to remote learning on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
A jogger runs along an empty sidewalk in front of the Hotel Monaco in downtown Salt Lake City during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, April 13, 2020.
A jogger runs along an empty sidewalk in front of the Hotel Monaco in downtown Salt Lake City during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
The intersection at 100 South and Main in downtown Salt Lake City is empty during the morning commute on Monday, April 13, 2020, due the COVID-19 pandemic.
The intersection at 100 South and Main in downtown Salt Lake City is empty during the morning commute on Monday, April 13, 2020, due the COVID-19 pandemic.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
An expansive parking lot outside of Nordstrom at Fashion Place mall in Murray is practically empty on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
An expansive parking lot outside of Nordstrom at Fashion Place mall in Murray is practically empty on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Signs at Capo Gelateria Italiana in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 13, 2020, inform customers of the establishment’s temporary hours and that gelato is for take-out only during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Signs at Capo Gelateria Italiana in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 13, 2020, inform customers of the establishment’s temporary hours and that gelato is for take-out only during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
A hand-painted sign on a business in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, April 13, 2020, reminds Utahns to social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A hand-painted sign on a business in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, April 13, 2020, reminds Utahns to social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Lighter-than-normal traffic is pictured on I-15 in Salt Lake City during the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Lighter-than-normal traffic is pictured on I-15 in Salt Lake City during the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Matti Neer, McKenna Heugly and Sally Heugly pose by a sign in Murray on Sunday, April 12, 2020. After finding the poster wadded up on her apartment building’s lawn, Sally Heugly bolded the letters and reinforced the poster with her daughter McKenna, and hung it on the fence using zip ties, her neighbor Neer’s idea. Sally Heugly said she thinks the sign was blown away by the wind after kids in neighboring homes hung it up down the road. “When I saw what it said it touched my heart. I was so happy to do it I said, ‘Oh, I hope I did it justice for them,’ I think it’s very important especially now,” she said.
Matti Neer, McKenna Heugly and Sally Heugly pose by a sign in Murray on Sunday, April 12, 2020. After finding the poster wadded up on her apartment building’s lawn, Sally Heugly bolded the letters and reinforced the poster with her daughter McKenna, and hung it on the fence using zip ties, her neighbor Neer’s idea. Sally Heugly said she thinks the sign was blown away by the wind after kids in neighboring homes hung it up down the road. “When I saw what it said it touched my heart. I was so happy to do it I said, ‘Oh, I hope I did it justice for them,’ I think it’s very important especially now,” she said.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
Workers at The State Room in Salt Lake City, pictured on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, crossed out April and replaced it with May on its marquee due to extended social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Workers at The State Room in Salt Lake City, pictured on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, crossed out April and replaced it with May on its marquee due to extended social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
A lone traveler walks to the parking lot of the Salt Lake City International Airport on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced new efforts on Wednesday “to protect the people of Utah and slow the spread of coronavirus in the state” by closely monitoring its borders, as well as passengers who fly into the Salt Lake International Airport.
A lone traveler walks to the parking lot of the Salt Lake City International Airport on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced new efforts on Wednesday “to protect the people of Utah and slow the spread of coronavirus in the state” by closely monitoring its borders, as well as passengers who fly into the Salt Lake International Airport.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Delta Air Lines jets are parked at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Delta Air Lines jets are parked at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Elder Chase Steuer greets his family as hundreds of missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints return from the Philippines to Salt Lake City International Airport on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Elder Chase Steuer greets his family as hundreds of missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints return from the Philippines to Salt Lake City International Airport on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
South Salt Lake police officer Amanda Johnson wears a protective mask while securing the boundaries at an apartment complex in South Salt Lake on Thursday, April 16, 2020, after an early morning fire.
South Salt Lake police officer Amanda Johnson wears a protective mask while securing the boundaries at an apartment complex in South Salt Lake on Thursday, April 16, 2020, after an early morning fire.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Priscila Nielsen, an advanced emergency medical technician for the Unified Fire Authority, wears a COVID-19 suit at Station 126 in Midvale on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Priscila Nielsen, an advanced emergency medical technician for the Unified Fire Authority, wears a COVID-19 suit at Station 126 in Midvale on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Justin Lewandowski, a truck driver, gets free snacks at a rest stop along I-80 in Echo, Summit County, on Friday, April 10, 2020, during a thank-you event for truckers. “It’s easy to be a good Samaritan on Facebook, everybody’s like ‘thank a trucker.’... This is the first time that I’ve actually seen somebody doing something,” Lewandowski said. “It hits other people a lot worse than me, but it affects everybody to some degree.” The companies involved were Granite 3PL, Landstar, Statewide Transportation, LS Wilson, Wilson Brothers and Mac Tranz Inc. in Echo along I-80 West bound on Friday, April 10, 2020. Volunteers with different trucking companies organized the event and gave away about 200 hot dogs since they started at 10 a.m. “It’s easy to be a good samaritan on Facebook, everybody’s like ‘thank a trucker,’…this is the first time that I’ve actually seen somebody doing something,” Lewandowski said. “It hits other people a lot worse than me, but it effects everybody to some degree.” The companies involved were Granite 3pl, Landstar, Statewide Transportation, LS Wilson, Wilson Brothers and Mac Tranz Inc.
Justin Lewandowski, a truck driver, gets free snacks at a rest stop along I-80 in Echo, Summit County, on Friday, April 10, 2020, during a thank-you event for truckers. “It’s easy to be a good Samaritan on Facebook, everybody’s like ‘thank a trucker.’... This is the first time that I’ve actually seen somebody doing something,” Lewandowski said. “It hits other people a lot worse than me, but it affects everybody to some degree.” The companies involved were Granite 3PL, Landstar, Statewide Transportation, LS Wilson, Wilson Brothers and Mac Tranz Inc.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
Travis K. Langston, a nurse with Salt Lake County Health Department, watches as fellow nurse Lee Cherie Booth tests an individual for COVID-19 outside of the Salt Lake City Public Health Center on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Travis K. Langston, a nurse with Salt Lake County Health Department, watches as fellow nurse Lee Cherie Booth tests an individual for COVID-19 outside of the Salt Lake City Public Health Center on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A sign thanking health care workers is displayed in the windows at The Ridge Foothill, a retirement community in Salt Lake City, on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
A sign thanking health care workers is displayed in the windows at The Ridge Foothill, a retirement community in Salt Lake City, on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Eddie Chavez listens to a song his mother enjoyed while his daughter Karol Chavez, center, and her children Jessedie Chavez, left, and Isaac Chavez, 9, accompany him on a visit to his mother’s cemetery plot on her birthday at Murray City Cemetery on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Eddie Chavez usually visits his mother’s cemetery plot with about 25 members of his family on her birthday, April 11, but he went the following day with only his daughter and grandchildren, who live with him. His sister visited the site Saturday. They have been keeping their distance due to concerns of being considered at high risk of contracting COVID-19. “My sister and I are very close. Wherever I go she goes with me. We get together often as family,” Eddie Chavez said. His sister dropped off homemade masks at the family’s door earlier this week.
Eddie Chavez listens to a song his mother enjoyed while his daughter Karol Chavez, center, and her children Jessedie Chavez, left, and Isaac Chavez, 9, accompany him on a visit to his mother’s cemetery plot on her birthday at Murray City Cemetery on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Eddie Chavez usually visits his mother’s cemetery plot with about 25 members of his family on her birthday, April 11, but he went the following day with only his daughter and grandchildren, who live with him. His sister visited the site Saturday. They have been keeping their distance due to concerns of being considered at high risk of contracting COVID-19. “My sister and I are very close. Wherever I go she goes with me. We get together often as family,” Eddie Chavez said. His sister dropped off homemade masks at the family’s door earlier this week.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
Skateboarders ride on a nearly empty 900 South near 900 East in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Skateboarders ride on a nearly empty 900 South near 900 East in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
People enjoy the 433 Yoshino cherry trees that line the .7 mile Memorial Walkway around the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
People enjoy the 433 Yoshino cherry trees that line the .7 mile Memorial Walkway around the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Ashlee Francom, general manager at Cafe Trio in Salt Lake City, shares a laugh with Megan Stanley as she delivers a family meal to the furloughed employee outside of the restaurant on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Cafe Trio was forced to furlough most of its employees due to COVID-19 restrictions. The restaurant is providing a free daily meal to all of its employees, including those who have been laid off. The employees pick up their meal, which changes daily, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Ashlee Francom, general manager at Cafe Trio in Salt Lake City, shares a laugh with Megan Stanley as she delivers a family meal to the furloughed employee outside of the restaurant on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Cafe Trio was forced to furlough most of its employees due to COVID-19 restrictions. The restaurant is providing a free daily meal to all of its employees, including those who have been laid off. The employees pick up their meal, which changes daily, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
An empty Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City is pictured during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, April 13, 2020.
An empty Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City is pictured during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Gov. Gary Herbert wears a face mask during the daily COVID-19 media briefing at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He later took it off to speak more clearly.
Gov. Gary Herbert wears a face mask during the daily COVID-19 media briefing at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He later took it off to speak more clearly.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
A swing on a playground is roped off with caution tape during the COVID-19 pandemic in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
A swing on a playground is roped off with caution tape during the COVID-19 pandemic in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Newlyweds Michael and Stephanie Chaus walk out of her parents’ house to cheers and honking horn as family and friends take part in a drive-by reception in Cottonwood Heights on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The couple were to marry April 3 in the Jordan River Utah Temple, but their plans changed due to the spread of novel coronavirus.
Newlyweds Michael and Stephanie Chaus walk out of her parents’ house to cheers and honking horn as family and friends take part in a drive-by reception in Cottonwood Heights on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The couple were to marry April 3 in the Jordan River Utah Temple, but their plans changed due to the spread of novel coronavirus.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Creekside Assisted Living and Senior Center residents Gordy Call waves to Sally Taylor as her grandmother, Judy Taylor, talks to her by cellphone in Bountiful on Friday, March 27, 2020. Family of residents come to the window to see and talk to them via a cellphone due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Creekside Assisted Living and Senior Center residents Gordy Call waves to Sally Taylor as her grandmother, Judy Taylor, talks to her by cellphone in Bountiful on Friday, March 27, 2020. Family of residents come to the window to see and talk to them via a cellphone due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Nolan Schwartz, Megan Schwartz and Katie Schwartz pose for a portrait inside their Sugar House home on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Katie Schwartz spotted the trend of taping paper hearts on windows on Facebook. “It’s just to let neighbors and passersby know that we’re all in this together,” she said.
Nolan Schwartz, Megan Schwartz and Katie Schwartz pose for a portrait inside their Sugar House home on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Katie Schwartz spotted the trend of taping paper hearts on windows on Facebook. “It’s just to let neighbors and passersby know that we’re all in this together,” she said.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
Children’s librarian Lauren Tolman, dressed as a Hufflepuff from “Harry Potter,” delivers a bag of books to a customer outside of the Springville Library in Springville on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Children’s librarian Lauren Tolman, dressed as a Hufflepuff from “Harry Potter,” delivers a bag of books to a customer outside of the Springville Library in Springville on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Milton Robinson and Kim Robinson go for a walk together while wearing masks in South Jordan on Friday, April 17, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We pray a lot,” Milton said when asked how they were dealing with the situation.
Milton Robinson and Kim Robinson go for a walk together while wearing masks in South Jordan on Friday, April 17, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We pray a lot,” Milton said when asked how they were dealing with the situation.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
A phrase on the marquee outside Murray Theater encourages people during the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
A phrase on the marquee outside Murray Theater encourages people during the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
Lily Werner, 8, prays with the Rev. Stephen Tilley, of St. John the Baptist Parish, as he sits in his Jeep for drive-up confessions at a roundabout outside the Skaggs Catholic Center in Draper on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Lily Werner, 8, prays with the Rev. Stephen Tilley, of St. John the Baptist Parish, as he sits in his Jeep for drive-up confessions at a roundabout outside the Skaggs Catholic Center in Draper on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
Elder Bryant Hall waves as friends and neighbors welcome home full-time missionaries during a “driving tour” in South Jordan, Utah, on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Elder Bryant Hall waves as friends and neighbors welcome home full-time missionaries during a “driving tour” in South Jordan, Utah, on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
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