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30 Pictures That Show Just How Much Has Changed In A Year Due To COVID

A lot can change in a year.

A year ago, this was the last week of semi-normalcy in the US before WHO declared a global pandemic and then-president Donald Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency.

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaking in the White House Press Briefing room surrounded by Dr. Fauci and other people
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People in the US were encouraged to quarantine at home, aside from seeking essential services, wash their hands, and practice social distancing. Many businesses closed, large events such as concerts were pushed back or canceled, and many schools moved to virtual learning. At the time, many thought the spread of the virus would be limited and normal life would return in a few months.

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Yet...here we are, a year later. Below are 30 pictures that show just how much has changed between early 2020 and early 2021.

1. Santa Monica Pier then:

People crossing the street by the pier
AaronP / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images via Getty Images

Santa Monica Pier now:

The street leading to the pier has been blocked by barricades
AaronP / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images via Getty Images

2. The Super Bowl then:

The stadium is filled with spectators
Robin Alam / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Super Bowl now:

The stadium is filled with cardboard cutouts of people
Patrick Smith / Getty Images

3. The Golden Globes then:

The awards ceremony is filled with celebrities sitting at tables
NBC

The Golden Globes now:

Socially distanced tables filled with essential workers rather than actors
NBC

4. NBA games then:

Ronald Cortes / Getty Images

NBA games now:

Ethan Miller / Getty Images

5. Movie theaters then:

OH MY GOD THE MOVIE THEATER JUST LOST POWER RIGHT AT THE EMOTIONAL FINALE OF #ONWARD. Wow. To go from sobbing to full stop dark empty. Hahaha what a way to see the movie. (The movie is REALLY good though.) @pixaronward @AMCTheatres

Twitter: @DisneyDan

Movie theaters now:

Moviegoers standing at a social distance from one another in line while wearing face masks
Noam Galai / WireImage / Getty Images

6. Restaurants then:

A waitress speaks to a two people sitting at one of the tables in a busy restaurant
Erin Clark / The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Restaurants now:

Transparent tents insulating diners outdoors
Daniel Slim / AFP via Getty Images

7. Classrooms then:

A group of students gathered around a table as their teacher demonstrates an experience during a lab class
Barrie Fanton / Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Classrooms now:

Students wearing face masks and  sitting at their socially distanced desks
Al Seib / The Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

8. College then:

Students milling about campus
Al Seib / The Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

College now:

First zoom class presentation of the semester ๐Ÿ˜Œ Shout out to @VPetrulla & @Kait_Testa for the pics

Twitter: @Kaityn_Contino

9. Disneyland then:

A large crowd lines a Disneyland street to watch the parade and interacts with Tinker Bell and Pinnochio
Jeff Gritchen / MediaNews Group / Orange County Register via Getty Images

Disneyland now:

People standing in line at Disneyland to get their COVID-19 vaccines
Mario Tama / Getty Images

10. California Adventure then:

Crowds of people mill about the entrance to California Adventure
David McNew / Getty Images

California Adventure now:

An empty California Adventure at night
AaronP / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images via Getty Images

11. Times Square then:

Times Square filled with people as taxis and other vehicles drive through
Gary Hershorn / Getty Images

Times Square now:

A mostly empty Times Square with a few people wearing face masks
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12. The Mall of America then:

Twitter: @BallMechanic

The Mall of America now:

Got my first shot of the vaccine today at the Mall of America along with other teachers. It was really well organized! I entered into a private vaccination space, but exited into the mall. Too bad I didn't have any shopping to do! #staysafemn

Twitter: @SueAnnRawlins

13. Universal Studios then:

A great day for Universal Studios! #chpantherpride @chhspanteras

Twitter: @JessicaRamos810

Universal Studios now:

Going to be a fun day at Universal Studios!

Twitter: @tyleronstottmba

14. Congress then:

The chamber for the House of Representatives filled with congressmen as Donald Trump makes a speach
Doug Mills-Pool / Getty Images

Congress now:

Congressmen standing at a social distance and wearing masks
Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images

15. And finally, Bourbon Street (during Mardi Gras) then:

Bourbon Street filled with revelers wearing beads and feather boas as they drink and have a good time
Barry Lewis / In Pictures via Getty Images

And Bourbon Street (during Mardi Gras) now:

A mostly empty Bourbon Street closed off by barricades
Josh Brasted / Getty Images

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