Six-feet-apart signage in Los Angeles at a health clinic, a grocery store and at a taqueria

When the pandemic first broke out, signs were temporary—masking tape for pickup lines at restaurants, or notes taped to walls—but eight months later, formal signs are part of the urban landscape.

And in a ride on a Lyft car, my first since the pandemic broke, a plastic divider separated the driver from passengers. Maybe in a decade, people will forget how our world changed in 2020, but for now, we are accustomed to changes that will remain in place for a while.

Left: A six-foot-apart dot painted on the ground in an Apple Store;
Right: Plastic divider in a Lyft car.