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How Signs at Businesses Evolved During the Pandemic

The words gracing storefronts, shelves and cash registers remind us all of the new normal

signs taped to the a storefront outlining rules under coronavirus

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COVID-19 related signs taped to the windows of a store in New York.

En español | As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, Americans stocked up on supplies and hunkered down to ride out the health crisis. Now, even as much of the country takes steps to reopen businesses and resume activities, daily life is far from normal. Face masks and physical distancing are constant reminders. So, too, are the signs posted by businesses. Here's a look at how these signs evolved over time, from handwritten warnings of “No toilet paper” to professionally printed admonitions of “No Mask, No Service.” See for yourself.

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