Pause NYC is a photographic response to the governmental order of March 22nd 2020 when our city was ordered to stop and New York City officially went on PAUSE. These photos were taken and shared exclusively with Untapped New York.
PAUSE was a 10-point policy to unite all New Yorkers to help “flatten the curve” in the early stages of the Coronavirus crisis — when our city quickly became the early epicenter in the United States. The governmental action ordered all non-essential businesses statewide to be closed to assure uniform safety for everyone.
“To be honest…I couldn’t believe my eyes or my ears. It was painful, weird, sobering, and heartwarming to see New Yorkers abandon the streets by the millions. And here we are, six months later, and it’s still so hard to put any of this into words — but when we look back at these images of where we were, it truly feels like an eternity has passed…”
Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are canceled or postponed at this time; Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced; When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others; Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet; Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people; Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders; Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health; Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and everyone should use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.
Many of us have probably blocked these memories from our minds — but, Pause NYC occured in the spring of 2020 and the Coronavirus crisis was declared a global pandemic for 30 months — until it was declared over in the summer of 2022.