Philly Reflects: COVID Anniversary
March 16, 2021
On March 16, 2020, the City of Philadelphia announced its initial restrictions on all non-essential business activity and government services in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some City government operations were halted, schools closed, and businesses were required to shutter. Less than a week after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Philadelphia, the global pandemic began to change everything about the daily lives of Philadelphia residents.
One year later, #PhillyReflects.
Churches and places of worship have been asked to ring bells, light candles, or display other forms of acknowledgment to honor those lost to COVID-19. If you witness these symbols of reflection, we hope you will join in by capturing and sharing them online using the hashtag #PhillyReflects.
City’s weekly COVID-19 press conference. Livestreams are available on PHLgovTV, Comcast Channel 64, Verizon Channel 40, and on the Department of Public Health’s Twitter and Facebook pages. DBHIDS Commissioner Jill Bowen, Ph.D., will join the conference to kick off the Boost Your Mood campaign.
We Are a City Changed: Ritual and Reflection After One Year in Pandemic.
Join Mayor Kenney, the Office of Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs, City officials, and local faith leaders for a virtual event as we mark one year of COVID-19 and its impacts on Philadelphia. Through words, ritual, and music, we will gather to reflect on what this year has meant to us and look forward to the days ahead. Register or tune in on Facebook.
Buildings around the City will light up in blue to honor our frontline workers, first responders, and all the lives lost due to COVID-19. Use the hashtag #PhillyReflects to post pictures of buildings in the city lighting up blue.