Thursday, March 19, 2020

Partial Shutdown, 3/19/20

Torrington, Connecticut

Rural and small town northwestern Connecticut is not under lockdown, so I decided to go up to Torrington and have a look around, since I could certainly avoid any "social contact," much less mingling with groups of people. The streets and sidewalks were not exactly deserted, but vehicle and foot traffic were drastically less than normal on a Thursday afternoon. Restaurants are on orders to function only for take out or delivery. Most of the ones in the center of town had home made signs declaring that they're open for take-out/deliveries, but several others were just plain closed. A downtown drug store was doing only curbside pickup or deliveries. A used clothing thrift store was open. The several art galleries that are part of a downtown renewal effort that has been going well, were all closed. A large indoor children's playspace in former Main Street storefronts, part of that urban renewal, was of course closed and dark.

Click on any of the pictures to get a better view that will make the signs more legible.

This is not what Main Street, looking north from the Five Corners, usually looks like at two in the afternoon, even on a rainy day.

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