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In Photos, American Cities at the Start of Lockdown vs. Today

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Following the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, several states issued “stay-at-home” lockdown orders in 2020 back in late March and early April, many of which were extended throughout the past year.

The lockdown orders required residents to remain at home, while most businesses, including restaurants and bars, and other public venues, were ordered to be shut to help slow the spread of the virus.

Some COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandates, were gradually eased from 2020 as well as in recent months this year as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues across the country.

Here we look at images of different cities across America from the start of their lockdown orders compared with how they appear today in recent weeks.

New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a stay-at-home order which went into effect on March 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. local time.

People celebrating Mardi Gras by marching through their neighborhood on February 16 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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