On March 17, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the residents of Paris were plunged into total confinement, allowed to leave the house only for necessities but restricted to a 1 km radius and a time limit. The slow process of deconfinement began on May 11. Rules and expectations have constantly evolved since then, and even someone attentively following along would have a hard time keeping up with the latest developments.
Like most Parisians, I rushed out of my small apartment as soon as I could, ready for freedom and direct sunlight. This summer, I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors, hoping to never be subjected to lockdown again. It’s a strange new world out there, with an extreme lack of tourists, and I’ve attempted to capture a bit of this period in photos.
All of these photos were taken in Paris between May 11 and August 12.
Navigating New Rules and New Systems
August 6—QR Codes on tables, starting to replace paper menusAugust 6—Clothing stores either no longer allow customers to try on clothes or have closed some of the fitting rooms
June 1—Hand sanitizer distributor at a bus stop, probably empty
June 23—Underground subway
June 23—Waiting on the platform
June 23—Stand here
June 23—Don’t sit there
June 28—Train station
June 28—You can see how effective the circles are for spacing people out…
July 15—Sidewalk expansion for the pedestrian flowJuly 22—Bike lane expansion on Rue de Rivoli
May 14—Waiting outside the post officeJune 3—Lines for social distancing can be found outside many buildings
May 19—Markets with plastic protection
May 24—Bastille Market, gated to control the number of people
June 16—Is that plastic wrap?
June 16—Plastic sheets hanging in front of cashiers
August 12—Two months later, a more permanent barrier has been installed
Paris? Is That You?
June 16—A less manicured ParisJuly 22—The busy Rue de Rivoli in the middle of the afternoon
July 22—An afternoon at the Louvre
July 22—No lines
July 22—Église de Saint Germain des PrésJuly 22—Église Saint-SulpiceAugust 7—Hand sanitizer at every table… for all the customers
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