During the school year, areas around campus would normally be bustling but not this year. Classes are now remote, and campus will officially close Monday. Many students have already returned home or are isolating themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An empty Traditions Plaza reflects much of the rest of campus and the surrounding area Thursday. Many students have left for home and MU has asked undergraduates still living on campus to make other plans.
The streets and walkways of MU, normally bustling with students, are mostly deserted nowadays. Students have begun to leave town and MU has told undergraduates still living on campus to prepare to possibly move out of their current dorms.
Downtown, while busier, is home to more and more empty restaurants as they shut their doors to anything but take-out customers. The Columbia City Council declared a state of emergency for the city Monday. An order enacted on Tuesday limited the number of people at social events, restaurants and bars, among other rules and suggestions.
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