The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of the BGSU Falcon Family. BGSU students, staff, faculty, families, and alumni, as well as local businesses serving BGSU students, are all negotiating how to adapt to sudden changes. The Bowling Green State University Libraries’ Center for Archival Collections would like to invite all with a connection to Bowling Green State University to share their experiences during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The CAC then plans to preserve these stories for future Falcons at the Center for Archival Collections.
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End Racism Sign
An "End Racism" sign at the intersection of Main and Wooster Street in Downtown Bowling Green, Ohio.
I've been seeing more people seemingly living outside, on the parking lots of Bowling Green. These people just sit outside on the ground, with their possessions scattered around them. With libraries shuttered, and few public locations left where one can linger, even for customers, I suppose this is…
Updated policies at the Circle K on east wooster street near I75 in Bowling Green, Ohio
Stoney Calzone, the rapping calzone mascot of DP Dough, is chalked on the wall of the restaurant with a warm message "Stoney Calzone says, Stay Safe and Healthy".
DP Dough appears to be taking the COVID-19 situation seriously with good sanitiation procedures, and a business model that was…
Updated Mask Policy - Penn Station
Penn Station updated their mask policy from request to requirement in accordance with local requirements.
As people buy up water jugs in supermarkets, packages of bottled water sit outside at the Circle K on Wooster Street. Supply is odd in the COVID-19 era.
Ads can be seen for various products, such as Lawson's chip dip.
There are more rabbits then usual on campus. Perhaps they feel bold with less humans around to bug them.
Dunkin' Donuts Counter
The counter at the on campus Dunkin' Donuts after hours. COVID-19 precautions can be seen such as the newly installed sneeze shield.
Panera Bread Safety Measures
Safety Measures at the Panera Bread in Bowling Green, Ohio include one way traffic, no reusing cups for refills, and 30 minute sanitation cycles.
Social Distancing Sticker
An office in the Stroh Center, with extra furniture removed, and social distancing stickers placed. These orange stickers are playful and feature falcon feet.
Stroh Center Mask Signage
Mask requirement signage at the Stroh Center, as well as diagrams posted to show how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is on the side entrance facing wooster street.
Stroh Center One Way Layout
Doors at the Stroh Center, designated for one way traffic only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, this was the primary entrance. Now it is an exit.
E-Waste at Falcon Landing
Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, I was unable to take some electronics to BGSU ITS for recycling, as I was told the service was discontinued. This appears to be impacting others, as seen here where a printer and CRT television can be seen at Falcon's Landing behind the Stroh Center.
Gig worker instructions
Pho n' Thai is a restaurant in Bowling Green which I have heard many good things about. They have posted a message for their Doordash and Uber Eats delivery drivers politely asking them to only enter when the food is ready for pickup, and to wear a mask. These two instructions are critical for…
Facemask Requirement at Meijer
For the first time since the start of the pandemic, everyone I saw here was wearing a mask. Perhaps there is hope that we can turn around our numbers in Wood County.
#movingforwardBG @ Bowling Green Public Works
#movingforwardBG signage at the Bowling Green Public Works in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Many people are using the extra time spent at home to clean up and get organized. At the BG Recycling center I saw a huge stack of newspapers from the 1980's.
An advertisement for recycling can be seen being recycled, almost 40 years after printing (November 24, 1980).
The payphone at El Zarape. I thought about making a call, but then thought about how much people breath onto the receiver, including potentialy infected people. No thanks! I'm sure it's cleaned, but I don't want to take that risk.
At El Zarape, guests are now encouraged to scan a QR code attached to the table for a menu, eliminating the need to risk touching physical menus. Physical menus are still avalible on request as noted. Though dining inside was an option, today was a great day to sit outside on the patio, with a…
El Zarape Mask Requirement
El Zarape reminding customers that there is a mask requirement in effect. Compliance was good!
Pantyhose Save Lives
Today I learned that a homemade mask I obtained early in the pandemic has an unusual earloop material.
Since proper earloops were hard to come by, the maker dyed pantyhose white, then contorted them into earloops. I must say, the mask is one of the most comfortable I own, likely thanks to the…
The instructions for entering Dietsch's Ice Cream Parlor in Findlay, Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Improved Sneeze Sheild
An improved sneeze shield at Diesch Brothers Ice Cream Parlor in Findlay, Ohio.
This sneeze shield uses cut up neon green pool noodles along the sides of the sheild. Not only does this clearly show where guests have to stand for the sheild to be effective, it is also much softer since it reduces…
Dietsch's Social Distance ordering
The ordering setup at Dietsch's ice cream parlor in Findlay, Ohio on a hot summer day. Tables are used to space out customers, as well as to display menus with pricing and recomendations. A very good experience!
Notably, this location lists the social distancing guidelines in both meters and…
Sings posted at a Wal-Mart entrance in Findlay, Ohio. I am happy that they have taken steps to create a safe shopping environment for their customers.
Findlay Brewing Co Beer Garden
The Beer Garden of the Findlay Brewing Co provides an outdoor dining area for guests during the pandemic. Having moved to this space in 2018, they would have likely been much worse off in their smaller location they started out in on North Main Street.
The Brewing Company has adapted to the…
The Chase Bank in downtown Findlay, Ohio.
Cheerful messages such as "We missed you Findlay", "Welcome Back", and "We Are Open" are painted on the windows. A sign of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. People walk around town during the lunch rush, many with masks and many without. There are…
Jack B's rules
Rules posted at Jack B's in Findlay, Ohio specifying no walk ins, and establishing a maximum capacity of 3 customers at a time.
A business focused on take out since before the pandemic, this small american restaurant is located near the Marathon Pretoleum Headquaters.
Summer Creek notice
A notice next to the door to the Summer Creek store in Findlay, Ohio states "Due to health reasons, Some employees may not be wearing mask."
Jen's Buggy Whip Cakery
Notices posted on the door of Jen's Buggy Whip Cakery in Findlay, Ohio. Notably, this location not only encourages good physical health during the pandemic, but good mental health as well, which is also very important.
We Serve Coffee
We Serve Coffee in downtown Findlay, Ohio. A "Thank you Healthcare Workers" sign can be seen in the left window. An outdoor dining table can be seen, but the store also offers delivery, an nice way to acomodate business for those who are limiting their trips outside to help slow the virus.
Stix Restaurant in downtown Findlay, Ohio. Although this restaurant has a pre-pandemic patio, they have also set up seating on their front sidewalk. This is good, because not only do restaurants loose a fair bit of seeting when they limit themselves to or preferentialy seat guests outside,…
A sign posted in the Irish block of downtown Findlay Ohio asking residents to assist the reopening by shopping in local businesses in neighboring counties, including Wood County where Bowling Green is.
Logan's Irish Pub COVID-19 notice
A COVID-19 notice from the Ohio Department of Health posted at the front door of Logan's Irish Pub in downtown Findlay, Ohio. One of the outdoor dining tables can be seen in the reflection of the glass window on the ornate wooden door.
Bakers Cafe safety notice
A notice posted at the Baker's Cafe in Downtown Findlay, Ohio.
They have blocked off some of their interior tables to allow for social distancing, have employees wearing masks, and have set up outdoor seating as well.
The Caffinated drinks served here help keep workers at the nearby Marathon…
Vivir Mexican Restaurant
COVID-19 instructions at the colourful VIVIR Modern Mexican restaurant in Downtown Findlay, Ohio.
They note their delivery through Doordash and Grubhub, as well as take out options.
The also responsibly encourage the use of mask wearing and making reservations ahead of time.
Some of their…
Post Prohibition at the Bourbon Affair
Post stay at home rules posted at the Bourbon Affair in downtown Findlay, Ohio.
This classy establishment has an small outdoor seating area, and hosted a weeklong 10% discount for healthcare workers and first responders between June 13th, and June 20th, 2020.
Urgent Care & Windmills
Physicians Plus Urgent Care on the north end of Findlay, Ohio, with COVID-19 precautions put in place.
While Findlay is a small city, it houses several important institutions during this crisis.
One-Energy, who's headquarters are near where this photo is taken, is a major installer of utility…
Summer Blooms on Campus
The splendor of the BGSU campus in spite of the pandemic is a testament to the dedication of the groundskeepers in the face of a growing global pandemic.
Abandoned Days Inn
The abandoned Days Inn shortly following it's closure. Notice the missing railings (They had been absent since before the closure), abandoned bicycle, and poor state of the parking lot.
Days Inn Closure
The Days Inn was one of, if not the first large business in Bowling Green to close during the COVID-19 pandemic. While what ultimately closed this location was a court order, I have little doubt that the pandemic made it's final months all the more difficult. This is in spite of it's highly visible…
COVID-19 Swabbing in Findlay, Ohio
COVID-19 Swabbing setup at the Center for Diagnostic Studies at the Blanchard Valley Health System Hospital in Findlay, Ohio. It looks like they have a firmly established system for taking patients, and have been doing this for some time.
Secret Forest Playground sign
A sign at the Secret Forest Playground at the Toledo Botanical Garden Metropark.