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Photos: Week 7 of quarantine

May 3–9 in Lansing, Illinois

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (May 9, 2020) – It was 5:00pm on March 21 that Governor Pritzker’s original stay-at-home order went into effect, first through April 7, then through the end of April, and now through the end of May. Numbers of coronavirus cases continue to rise, and by Saturday in Lansing the count reached 239.

Just like always, the Big Red Barn (VandDerGriend’s Farm Stand, 2812 Glenwood Lansing Road) opened on May 1 to anyone eager for fresh produce and flowers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
At ALDI (3602 Ridge Road), shoppers observe the 60-person limit by waiting in line at six-foot intervals. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
With face coverings recommended by Governor Pritzker and medical professionals, a variety of businesses are now selling masks, including Every Good Gift/Worldwide Shirts (3516 Ridge Road). (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Observing the extension of the stay-at-home order, the Lan-Oak Park District used yellow barricade tape to remind residents that playgrounds are off limits. The coronavirus can live for up to five days on metal surfaces. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The cancellation of events and activities dried up the need for printed flyers, posters, and other promotional items, forcing Minuteman Press to close permanently. Read the full story here. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The Hanger Boutique was also forced to close. One of Lansing’s newer businesses, the shop did not have time to establish deep enough roots before the pandemic struck. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Gus Bock’s Ace Hardware (3455 Ridge Road) remains “Always Essential, Forever Helpful.” (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Lansing Floral Shop (3420 Ridge Road) was busy enough this Mothers Day week to hire additional drivers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Tiny Noble of Tiny’s Flowers (18055 Torrence Avenue) continues to update her window displays weekly in between deliveries of Mothers Day, birthday, get well, and funeral flowers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Checkers (17701 Torrence Avenue) is hiring workers and team leaders to keep up with the demand for fast food during quarantine. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
St. Anthony Assisted Living (3025 Spring Lake Drive) gives people an opportunity to wash up as they enter or leave the building. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Throughout the Lansing area, ComEd is using Asplundh Tree Experts to prune and remove trees that are endangering utility wires. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Village officials installed banners this week designating nine buildings that have been approved for demolition “in order to preserve and enhance the value of neighboring properties.” (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The sign at St. Ann Catholic Church (3010 Ridge Road) offers one way to help: “Pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus.” (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Friday morning’s clear skies over Lansing Country Club promised a beautiful day. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Overnight lows from Friday to Saturday did not break records, though they came close, according to the thermometer at Schultz Insurance (18119 Torrence Avenue). (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Careful homeowners shielded their shrubs from the May 9 frost. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Throughout the pandemic, The Lansing Journal is publishing information from state sources about COVID-19 and its impact on Illinois, with an emphasis on Lansing-area businesses, schools, churches and families.

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


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