It was not an anniversary to celebrate nor was it one that garnered much attention but it was four years ago this past Wednesday when we realized that the coronavirus was real and was going to directly impact just about all of us in one way or another.  March 13, 2020 was a Friday and by the end of that day many schools and businesses had closed…Governor Murphy officially announced that all schools would close on March 18th.  It was thought this would be for a couple of weeks but of course it turned out to be for the rest of the school year.

On that fateful day we picked our daughter Alex up at her apartment in Hoboken.  Her office had shut down and there was no reason for her to stay basically locked up in a small apartment so it made sense to come home until this thing passed.  Turned out it was more than a year before she left.

The day before on March 12 the NBA, NHL & Major League Soccer had all suspended their seasons and Major League Baseball announced it was stopping spring training and delaying opening day by at least two weeks…it turned out to be a lot longer than that.  In what was a devastating development the NCAA pulled the plug on its men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments as March Madness turned into March Sadness.  It all filtered down to the high school level when the NJSIAA cancelled what was left of the state basketball tournaments.

Of course this all paled in comparison to what was coming.  More than a million people died of COVID-19 in the U.S. and it was a financial catastrophe for more than that…estimates claim more than 200,000 small businesses closed permanently because of the pandemic.

It was a time we will never forget…and yet there are some who still believe it was nothing more than a bad cold.

Even More NJ DOT humorous safety messages for St. Patrick's Day

The NJ DOT continued to use a series of humorous seasonal safety messages on its' over 200 electronic signs around New Jersey.

Gallery Credit: Dan Alexander

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