ATLANTA — Our lives were turned upside down this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Who can forget the moment families learned that their children would be learning for home or when they heard that our beloved annual Georgia events would be virtual or that there would be special hours for seniors and health care workers at grocery stores?
But the resilience of Georgians showed that we can make it through some dark days and come through stronger and better as a people.
Here are just some of the ways that we’ve adapted during the pandemic:
AJC Peachtree Road Race went virtual this year
It’s a race that’s been run for decades through the heart of Atlanta - but this year’s run was different. Instead of thousands of runners pounding the pavement on Peachtree Street, they did it at home.
Local businesses offering free services and products during coronavirus crisis:
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, a bunch of local businesses stepped up and offered free services and products to people who needed it.
Gwinnett teachers form caravan to drive-by students’ homes, say hello
Some teachers in Gwinnett County are trying to reunite with their students in an unusual way. Dozens of teachers formed a caravan and drove street after street, saying hello.
Metro school bus driver dedicates time to making wooden desks for families in need
A desk is not something normally on a back-to-school shopping list. But with so many families doing virtual learning, it has become a much-needed item.
Gwinnett County mother Michelle Minor and her sons realized this and got to work.
Gwinnett church volunteers help take pressure off working families with school-age kids
The challenge of balancing kids home from school but taking classes with parents who must also work has created a myriad of problems for many Metro Atlanta families.
For those with kids trying to learn virtually in Barrow and Gwinnett county schools, a Dacula church has come up with an innovative solution.
Metro Atlanta cities now issuing mask mandates
Before this year, wearing a mask in public was extremely rare and some people would even think it would be bizarre. But now it’s completely normal and encouraged by officials and doctors.
Here are some of the cities that mandated mask-wearing.
Metro school says health tracker, plexiglass will help keep kids safe for in-person classes this year
Students at one metro school will be met with plexiglass partitions in their classrooms when they head back to school this coming year.
Pinecrest Academy says it will use a new online tool to help school leaders track COVID-19 infections — and take the appropriate steps to keep students and teachers safe.
Metro plastic companies working to keep up with high demand for plexiglass
Plastic companies in metro Atlanta that make acrylic COVID-19 virus barriers and face shields have seen record sales in recent months.
Channel 2′s Tom Regan learned one company pivoted in March following the coronavirus outbreak.
Stores in Georgia adjusting hours, add senior hours due to coronavirus
Stores across the country are adjusting their store hours to accommodate both customers and staff as they work to restock and sanitize their businesses.
The stores include special hours for people over the age of 60, who are most vulnerable to catching the coronavirus.
Atlanta TV Stations come together to host coronavirus town hall with Gov. Kemp
In what has been a tough time for our state, Georgia united to bring you important information and get your questions answered about coronavirus and what the state is doing to combat it.
All of Atlanta’s television stations worked together Thursday night to bring the people of Georgia “The Governor’s Statewide Town Hall.”
Local churches offer drive-thru confessions amid coronavirus pandemic
Local churches are trying to adapt to these abnormal times. Some are now offering parking lot confessionals.
Repair shop trades wrenches for sewing kits to make masks for first responders
Employees of a local car repair shop turned in their wrenches for sewing kits, all in an effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Employees at Flyin’ Wrench Motorsports and Tint Atlanta in Kennesaw are working overtime to make face masks.
Bus drivers deliver meals to seniors during coronavirus pandemic
As some senior centers closed temporarily, and it left some people wondering where their next meal will come from.
Channel 2 Action News learned about a bus service providing seniors with a hot meal.
MARTA announces changes to routes, operations amid coronavirus pandemic
MARTA made adjustments to operations to protect the health and wellness of employees as they continue providing essential transit service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, MARTA made service plan changes to bus and rail operations to address the dramatic ridership and revenue decline seen during this time.
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