Social activities and restaurants were sparsely attended throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County as the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus loomed.

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    A pedestrian is seen wearing a face mask on the Downtown Mall on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

    Credit: Zack Wajsgras for Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    An outdoor drive-thu testing facility for the coronavirus is seen outside of Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

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    A sign informing patrons of measures being taken to prevent sickness is seen Sunday at Grit Coffee on the Downtown Mall.

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    Bodo's employee Zale Garcia wipes down the front door of the Preston Avenue location to sanitize against viruses on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

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    The IX Art park is seen empty on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Social activities and restaurants were sparsely attended throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County as the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continued to disrupt the world economy.

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    Signs informing patrons on ways to slow the spread of sickness are seen Sunday outside of Mount Zion First African Baptist Church in Charlottesville.

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    Flyers warning the congregation about the risks of the coronavirus are seen Sunday in the lobby of Mount Zion First African Baptist Church.

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    Very few church members were in attendance for the Sunday, March 15, 2020, service at Mount Zion First African Baptist in Charlottesville. Social activities and restaurants were sparsely attended throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County as the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continued to loom over the region.

    Credit: Zack Wajsgras for Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    Very few church members were in attendance for the Sunday, March 15, 2020, service at Mount Zion First African Baptist in Charlottesville. Social activities and restaurants were sparsely attended throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County as the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continued to disrupt the world economy.

    Credit: Zack Wajsgras for Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    Only a few church members were in attendance for the Sunday, March 15, 2020, service at Mount Zion First African Baptist in Charlottesville. Social activities and restaurants were sparsely attended throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County as the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continued to disrupt the world economy.

    Credit: Zack Wajsgras for Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    Church members listen during the Sunday, March 15, 2020, service at Mount Zion First African Baptist in Charlottesville. Social activities and restaurants were sparsely attended throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County as the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continued to disrupt the world economy.

    Credit: Zack Wajsgras for Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    "We’re actually closing at 6 o’clock in the evenings. Making sure that everything, counter tops, table tops, chairs, handles, everything is sanitized well, on top of, of course, hand washing and using gloves and so forth" said Melissa Brown on Sunday when asked how the shop is being affected by the COVID-19 virus. Brown is the General manager of Greenberry's Coffee & Tea Co.

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    A sign on the door of Greenberry's Coffee & Tea Co. in the Barracks Road Shopping Center informs customers of the precautions being taken during the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

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    A couple enjoys a conversation at Greenberry's Coffee & Tea Co. in the Barracks Road Shopping Center.

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    "We’re actually closing at 6 o’clock in the evenings. Making sure that everything, counter tops, table tops, chairs, handles, everything is sanitized well, on top of, of course, hand washing and using gloves and so forth" said Melissa Brown on Sunday when asked how the shop is being affected by the COVID-19 virus. Brown is the General manager of Greenberry's Coffee & Tea Co.

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    "We’re actually closing at 6 o’clock in the evenings. Making sure that everything, counter tops, table tops, chairs, handles, everything is sanitized well, on top of, of course, hand washing and using gloves and so forth" said Melissa Brown on Sunday when asked how the shop is being affected by the COVID-19 virus. Brown is the General manager of Greenberry's Coffee & Tea Co.

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    Melissa Brown, the general manager at Greenberry's Coffee & Tea Co. in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, wipes down a table. When commenting on the impact of the COVID-19 virus on business Brown said, "It’s been much slower, steady, but slower."

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    A sign on the door of Bodo's Bagels on Emmet Street keeps patrons informed of safety tips and procedures that can be used to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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    A sign on the door of Bodo's Bagels on Emmet Street keeps patrons informed of safety tips and procedures that can be used to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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    Despite the COVID-19 scare, many local restaurants, such as Bodo's Bagels on Emmet Street, are still seeing lines of customers.

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    “It's a new world. We’re doing our best, we’re following the CDC and Virginia Health Department regulations and we’re just really grateful people are coming out" Ken Beachley said Sunday. Ken and his wife, Jennifer, have been the owners of The Villa Diner for 15 years.

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    "We serve comfort food which is really a good thing right now because people need a lot of comforting" Jennifer Beachley said Sunday. Jennifer and her husband, Ken, have been the owners of The Villa Diner for 15 years.

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    "I’m anticipating an even bigger slowdown as we go forward. I’m calculating about half our usual sales as a forecast. It’s certainly going to affect employment and a lot of other things. We’re gearing up for some difficulties and challenges" Ken Beachley said on Sunday. Ken and his wife, Jennifer, have been the owners of The Villa Diner for 15 years.

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    Diners enjoy a meal at The Villa Diner on Sunday. The usually crowded restaurant is at about half capacity.

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    Many local restaurants are recommending takeout options instead of dining in in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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    Many local restaurants are recommending takeout options instead of dining in in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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    Diners enjoy a meal at The Villa Diner on Sunday. The usually crowded restaurant is at about half capacity.

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    Diners enjoy a meal at The Villa Diner on Sunday. The usually crowded restaurant is at about half capacity.

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    Diners enjoy a meal at The Villa Diner on Sunday. The usually crowded restaurant is at about half capacity.

    Credit: Mike Kropf/Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    Few people can be seen walking along the Downtown Mall on Sunday.

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    Few people can be seen walking along the Downtown Mall on Sunday.

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    "WASH YOUR HANDS" can be read on the Freedom of Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall on Sunday. The phrase has become a mantra during the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

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    "WATCH OUT FOR COVID-19" can be read on the Freedom of Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall on Sunday.

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    Few people can be seen walking along the Downtown Mall on Sunday.

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    Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, many local businesses have decided to temporarily close their doors, including Rock Paper Scissors on the Downtown Mall.

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    Despite the COVID-19 virus pandemic, many people enjoyed an afternoon at the Charlottesville Skate Park on Sunday.

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    Despite the COVID-19 virus pandemic, many people enjoyed an afternoon at the Charlottesville Skate Park on Sunday.

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    Despite the COVID-19 virus pandemic, many people enjoyed an afternoon at the Charlottesville Skate Park on Sunday.

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    The Nook's Downtown Mall seating area.

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    Few people can be seen walking along the Downtown Mall on Sunday.

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    Few people can be seen walking along the Downtown Mall on Sunday.

    Credit: Mike Kropf/Charlottesville Tomorrow