Sign of the times: Across Georgia, signage asks people to stay home

Wash your hands and please stay home, signs plead

Across metro Atlanta, businesses have signs taped to their front doors announcing changes, mostly mandated by municipalities. The announcements on printer paper relay news of adjusted hours, the suspension of in-person dining or closure until further notice.

It’s all in an attempt to encourage people to stay away from each other. Just stay home, health and government officials are pleading with people in hopes of curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

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But distance doesn’t mean a lack of communication. Some businesses, schools and even the Georgia Department of Transportation are using billboards or marquees to convey coronavirus-related messages: a true sign of the times.

Last weekend, GDOT shared a picture of a message displayed above a mostly empty roadway.

“Please stay home,” the sign read in part. “Disinfect, wash hands.”

Elsewhere in the city, signs made similar pleas for people to wash their hands and to stop shaking hands with others.

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Officials entities like the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Dunwoody Police have also used signage to communicate and provide encouragement.

Schools have also swapped out usual announcements with “closed until further notice” messages.

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Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

In Athens, the Georgia Theater used its marquee sign to announce the suspension of shows until further notice and asked people to keep up with personal hygiene.

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Credit: John Bazemore