March 10 A Year Later
We'll be the first to admit that this March 10 feature honestly has us feeling a bit nostalgic for those initial quarantine days. Remember Tiger King? And cloud bread? Take a walk through memory lane with us as we go through some of our most memorable pandemic moments.
Exactly one year ago, Harvard administrators informed undergraduates that they would need to evacuate campus in just five days, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From March 10 to 15, 2020, students packed up their rooms, made travel arrangements, and said goodbye to their friends and classmates. The Crimson’s Multimedia Editors documented those hectic five days, and one year later, they revisited some of the same locations to capture the new normal on campus.
After the coronavirus pandemic hit, only essential services and businesses were permitted to remain open to help control the spread of the virus. Along with the closure of indoor dining, schools, and sports venues, arts institutions were forced to shut their doors to the public and retreat to a virtual space. Many of Boston and Cambridge’s centers of arts and entertainment learned to adapt to the uncharted territory, many suspending their performance seasons for the first time ever.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Harvard Square was a center of activity, bustling with people shopping, eating, and admiring the historic buildings of Harvard’s campus. When the pandemic began, the Square took a hit — the stream of tourists slowed, and almost all students departed campus by March 15, 2020. Besides the loss of customers, non-essential businesses, such as salons, shut down to comply with state orders from the Massachusetts government. Now, a year after students initially departed from campus, the Square is still weathering the effects of the ongoing pandemic.
One year after Harvard undergraduates were sent home and Square businesses drastically shifted their operations in March 2020, the essential workers of Harvard Square and Harvard’s campus have worked tirelessly to keep the local community alive. The Crimson’s Multimedia Editors spoke with local essential workers who have largely worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic to learn about their experiences.
March 10, 2021 marks one year since Harvard students received the news they would have to vacate campus. That same week the Ivy League and eventually the entire NCAA halted competition. While many conferences have resumed athletic play, the Ivy League remains one of just a handful of conferences that have still not resumed athletic competition, recently announcing the cancellation of the spring sports season. The Crimson sat down and spoke with three student-athletes to hear their reflections on the past year.
One year ago on March 10, 2020, Harvard students received notice they would have to vacate campus as the threat of Covid-19 grew. One year later, we spoke with some of these students to hear their reflections and stories about that week of move-out, the pandemic, and now.