Infosnips With the coronavirus surging and the risk of infection greater indoors, the world is taking its business—and pleasure—to the streets, parking lots and stadiums.
Around the world, hundreds of millions are still under guidelines to stay at home whenever possible. But there’s a growing need—and itch—to head out to shop, vote, exercise, enjoy a drink and have a little fun. As it’s become clear that the virus spreads more easily indoors, businesses and services are getting some fresh air.
Suddenly, options have materialized all around us: Dining in the street, Pilates under geodesic domes, drive-through pet care and parking lot nightclubs. It’s classic entrepreneurial ingenuity, born of necessity, and guided by the new normal.
Photo research: Merrilee Barton and Robyn Selman
(Above) Veterinary technicians vaccinate a dog at an outdoor and drive-through pet clinic in Mission Viejo, CA, June 23.
Customers enjoy drinks and a bite in pedestrianized streets. Downtown Redlands, CA, July 9. Soho, London, July 5.
Nightclub parking lots throughout Germany are jammed, offering spots for 250 cars for a total of 500 guests, May 9.
New U.S. citizens take the Oath of Allegiance during drive-through naturalization ceremonies at the Chet Holifield Federal Building parking lot in Laguna Niguel, CA, June 23.
While barbershops and salons were shut, some opted for en plein air grooming, Linthicum Heights, MD, April 17.
A performance of “SEXXY: The Show” at the Dreamland Drive-In Theater and Concert Venue at Fresh Wata Studios in Las Vegas, July 3. Since Nevada closed live entertainment venues in mid-March, entertainers have headed online or to drive-in sites.
A priest waits for penitents at a drive-through confessional outside a church in Hillcrest Heights, MD, March 27.
Pilates classes in private clear geodesic domes on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto, July 6.
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North Andover, MA, residents sit on the high school football field during the annual town meeting, June 16. It was the first-ever outdoor town meeting since North Andover was established in 1646.
Zumba in a parking lot in Islip, NY, June 26. A workout class in San Anselmo, CA, June 13.
A sidewalk manicure in Mexico City, Mexico, during the city’s Phase 3 reopening, April 29.
Fans at a Garth Brooks livestream show, part of the Concerts in Your Car series at the county fairgrounds, Ventura, CA, June 27.
John Lewis: Good Trouble showing at the Rose Bowl Stadium parking lot in Pasadena, CA, July 2. A film projected on the facade of a Rome building, part of the Cinema da Casa series, March 17.
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