⛰🌁 March 20th, SF distancing day four. Ran up to Tank Hill for the clearest views. Distant sights like Mount Tam and the Marin Headlands had sharper outlines, and crisper more colorful features. Even the Golden Gate Bridge seemed to shine a brighter reddish orange(1).
To the Southeast, a clear view of the bay itself, including tiny tankers, cargo ships, and the white outline of the idling Grand Princess cruise ship parked in the bay, behind bright views of city neighborhoods(2). Only a couple of others were up at Tank Hill park that day, observing distancing requirements in addition to the views(3).
Stopped by Haight Street Market for more supplies, noticed that they had suspended all self-serve food options(4), including their delicious soups(5). The cafe’s tip jar choices reflected reactions to only a few days of sheltering at home(6).
The day before (Thursday) the Governor of California had essentially replicated Monday’s San Francisco shelter-in-place order for the entire state, the first state to do so, which the Chronicle reported in large type(7).
The New York Times exclaimed in all caps: DOCTORS SOUND ALARM AS A NATION STRUGGLES above a map of the United States, with numbers of cases and proportionate red circles(8). Later that day, Connecticut, Illinois, and New York states issued their own shelter-in-place orders.
It would take two more weeks for most other states to follow suit.
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