On March 11, Webster University announced all classes would move online until April 3 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, as the situation developed, the university quickly adjusted its policy to help contain the spread of the virus among the Webster community. Webster closed its campus housing on March 22, and two days later, classes officially moved online for the remainder of the semester.
The coronavirus outbreak forced students to adapt to new environments. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson put in place a stay-at-home order on March 23 in St. Louis. Since then, businesses and citizens of the Webster Groves community have made changes to their lifestyles. St. Louis County closed all parks at 8 p.m. on April 3, furthering the adjustment for many.
This photo series shows COVID-19’s impact on Webster University and the community surrounding it. 
Austin Harris, left, moves out of the Webster Village Apartments with the help of his friend Ethan Bacott, middle, and his mother, Kelly Harris, after being forced to leave campus early due to COVID-19 on March 20, 2020. Kelly Harris was among families who drove from out of state to help their children move home less than a week after Webster announced the new policy. “People are dying,” one mother said. “What can we do?”
Austin Harris, left, moves out of the Webster Village Apartments with the help of his friend Ethan Bacott, middle, and his mother, Kelly Harris, after being forced to leave campus early due to COVID-19 on March 20, 2020. Kelly Harris was among families who drove from out of state to help their children move home less than a week after Webster announced the new policy. “People are dying,” one mother said. “What can we do?”
Phạm Xuân Bình Sơn walks down an empty hallway in East Hall while moving from the dorm into the Webster Village Apartments on March 27, 2020. An international student from Vietnam, Sơn is among students whose request to stay in on-campus housing through the remainder of the semester were approved. Sơn went from living with three other roommates to living by himself in the two bedroom apartment he will inhabit the remainder of the semester. “The situation scares a lot of people, but not necessarily me,” Sơn said. “The less people [on campus], the better.”
Phạm Xuân Bình Sơn walks down an empty hallway in East Hall while moving from the dorm into the Webster Village Apartments on March 27, 2020. An international student from Vietnam, Sơn is among students whose request to stay in on-campus housing through the remainder of the semester were approved. Sơn went from living with three other roommates to living by himself in the two bedroom apartment he will inhabit the remainder of the semester. “The situation scares a lot of people, but not necessarily me,” Sơn said. “The less people [on campus], the better.”
An informational poster hangs in the window of the Sverdrup Complex, 6300 Big Bend Blvd., on March 27, 2020.
An informational poster hangs in the window of the Sverdrup Complex, 6300 Big Bend Blvd., on March 27, 2020.
Webster student Alyssa Fox works on homework in the basement of her home after returning home from study abroad early on March 31, 2020. Fox, a __ major, spent 14 days quarantined in her home with her family after coming back from Vienna, Austria. While some Webster students switched to St. Louis-based online classes, Fox will attend her Vienna classes through the end of the semester.
Webster student Alyssa Fox works on homework in the basement of her home after returning home from study abroad early on March 31, 2020. Fox, a __ major, spent 14 days quarantined in her home with her family after coming back from Vienna, Austria. While some Webster students switched to St. Louis-based online classes, Fox will attend her Vienna classes through the end of the semester.
Posters hang in the window of a home in Webster Groves on April 3, 2020.
Posters hang in the window of a home in Webster Groves on April 3, 2020.
A sign hangs in the window on Suburban Cleaners in Webster Groves, 126 E. Lockwood Ave, on April 3, 2020. Put in place on March 23, 2020, the current St Louis stay-at-home order allows only essential businesses to open in the area, like healthcare facilities and grocery stores until April 22.
A sign hangs in the window on Suburban Cleaners in Webster Groves, 126 E. Lockwood Ave, on April 3, 2020. Put in place on March 23, 2020, the current St Louis stay-at-home order allows only essential businesses to open in the area, like healthcare facilities and grocery stores until April 22.
Nora Theimann, left, and Katie Thiemann, right, sit below the balcony of Sunrise Senior Living, an assisted living and memory care facility, in Webster Groves, 45 E. Lockwood Ave, to talk with Katie Thiemann’s parents, Jack and Jane Magee, on April 10, 2020. The Theimanns try to come to the facility every day the weather is nice since the start of the pandemic. Jane Magee, right, is a Webster graduate from the class of 1954.
Nora Theimann, left, and Katie Thiemann, right, sit below the balcony of Sunrise Senior Living, an assisted living and memory care facility, in Webster Groves, 45 E. Lockwood Ave, to talk with Katie Thiemann’s parents, Jack and Jane Magee, on April 10, 2020. The Theimanns try to come to the facility every day the weather is nice since the start of the pandemic. Jane Magee, right, is a Webster graduate from the class of 1954.
Manager Joe Whitnell, right, works in the outdoor section of Roger’s Produce in Webster Groves, 625 E. Lockwood Ave, on April 10, 2020, while customers wearing face masks and other protective gear shopped around the section for flowers and other produce items. Whitnell said the pandemic has improved the amount of business the grocery store gets, as he thinks more people are at home cooking.
Manager Joe Whitnell, right, works in the outdoor section of Roger’s Produce in Webster Groves, 625 E. Lockwood Ave, on April 10, 2020, while customers wearing face masks and other protective gear shopped around the section for flowers and other produce items. Whitnell said the pandemic has improved the amount of business the grocery store gets, as he thinks more people are at home cooking.
A man plays tennis in Blackburn Park in Webster Groves on April 3, 2020, the last day St. Louis county parks were officially open. St. Louis County officials announced the new policy on April 2 that closes county parks from 8 p.m. on Friday, April 3, until at least April 22. City parks remain open, and limited law enforcement are patrolling county parks to prevent visitors from entering.
A man plays tennis in Blackburn Park in Webster Groves on April 3, 2020, the last day St. Louis county parks were officially open. St. Louis County officials announced the new policy on April 2 that closes county parks from 8 p.m. on Friday, April 3, until at least April 22. City parks remain open, and limited law enforcement are patrolling county parks to prevent visitors from entering.
Employee Emma Hintz hands a curbside pick up order to a customer at Dewey’s Pizza in Webster Groves, 124 E. Lockwood Ave, on April 3, 2020. The current stay-at-home order in St. Louis does not allow restaurants to be open for dine-in options, but does allow pickup, curbside and delivery.
Employee Emma Hintz hands a curbside pick up order to a customer at Dewey’s Pizza in Webster Groves, 124 E. Lockwood Ave, on April 3, 2020. The current stay-at-home order in St. Louis does not allow restaurants to be open for dine-in options, but does allow pickup, curbside and delivery.
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