Restaurants and other businesses struggled to stay open or decided to close in the wake of an announced case of COVID-19 in Charlottesville.

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    The announcement from Jefferson-Madison Regional Library that all branches were closing at 6 p.m. on Monday led to many community members stocking up on reading materials.

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    All Jefferson-Madison Regional Library branches closed at 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Patrons made final trips Monday afternoon for things to read.

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    The announcement from Jefferson-Madison Regional Library that all branches were closing at 6 p.m. on Monday led to many community members stocking up on reading materials.

    Credit: Mike Kropf/Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    Java Java Cafe on the Downtown Mall is open for business Monday, but a sign in front of the door states that all orders must be taken to go.

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    A sign on the door of Rapture, a restaurant on the Downtown Mall, informs that the business is closed in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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    The sign on the door of Rapture on the Downtown Mall.

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    The owner of Taste of China in Albemarle Square, who has run the business for more than 10 years, commented on the effect the COVID-19 virus is having on her business. "It hurts the business. I’m very sad. We’ll probably close any minute."

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    On Monday, the owner of Taste of China in Albemarle Square, who has run the business for more than 10 years, commented on the effect the COVID-19 virus is having on her business. "It hurts the business. I’m very sad. We’ll probably close any minute."

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    "It hurts the business. I’m very sad. We’ll probably close any minute," the owner of Taste of China in Albemarle Square of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has run the business for more than 10 years.

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    All ACAC locations closed at 4 p.m. Monday to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

    Credit: Mike Kropf/Charlottesville Tomorrow