COVID-19 lockdowns are lifting around the world, and it looks very different from life before. The new normal sees us having to adjust in almost all spheres of life to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks. The way we dine out, shop, learn, and worship are all being changed in this socially distant world—if only temporarily.

But reopening society after a worldwide pandemic won’t be as simple as flipping an ‘ON’ switch. For now, face masks, disinfectants, and temperature scans are among the new everyday protocols in place to help us along the way, as we begin to feel life as we knew it before the pandemic was a long time ago.

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So, Here Is What “Reopening” Looks Like

1This Danish supermarket has a hand-washing station set up outside

2If you went to this mall in Bangkok, you’d see a robot used to measure people’s body temperatures

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3This Starbucks in Taipei, has an automatic hand sanitizer and sectioned off tables

4At a school in China, students are separated by dividers when they eat

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5In a restaurant in Shanghai, a machine sprays down customers with disinfectant before entering

6Chairs are marked for social distancing at the Saint-Lazare train station in Paris

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7A restaurant in Spain just posted their menu to Instagram to avoid many people touching their reusable ones

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8Social distancing circles give everybody space at a park in Brooklyn, NYC

9Pews are cordoned off to enforce social distancing at a church, also in Spain


10A gym in Hong Kong has glass partitions for each machines to help prevent droplets from spreading

11Barbers wear full-body protective suits while cutting people’s hair in Bangladesh

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12Drive-in movie theatres are opening in New York City

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What The Brand-New Distanced World Looks Like

As countries around the world start to cautiously reopen, many are reshaping their public spaces to encourage social distancing. This process has been unique for each country, especially in regions that have been hardest-hit by the pandemic. These next few months will be a trial period for many countries, with a continued increase in cases of coronavirus being balanced with increasing efforts to reopen borders, rekindle economies, and restart life in general. Only time will truly tell what effect these efforts will have on this global pandemic.


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