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story.lead_photo.caption Liv Paggiarino/News Tribune "Prayers are not postponed" - Immaculate Conception Church & School - April 9, 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in the United States, plenty has changed. The way we eat, work, spend our free time, worship, exercise and interact with others have all been altered as the country, state and county adjust to new guidelines to keep community members safe and healthy.

One thing that perhaps hasn't changed is the human need for connection, even if those avenues of connectivity have. Evidence of this appears in what we pass by in our cars, or as we walk alone on the sidewalk for momentary time outdoors: signs.

The objects that used to communicate meeting times or event updates are now simply ways to send messages of hope and caution to the people who happen to see them. They range from the practical — "Join us for Sunday worship online" — to the thankful — "Special discounts for essential workers" — to the heartfelt — "Hope to see you soon." This collection of images highlights just a few of the memorable signage found across the Jefferson City area from late March to early April, as the state of Missouri hunkered down and stayed home.

Gallery: PHOTO GALLERY: Signs of the Time
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