The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally reshaping life across the entire globe as governments instruct people to hunker down to help slow the spread of the disease.
In Italy, which has become the worst-hit country outside of China, 60 million people are now under total lockdown . El Salvador, New Zealand, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, and France have all followed suit .
Many major events planned for the next few months have already been called off , while other common gathering places like bars, restaurants, concert venues, sports arenas, and churches are being forced to shut their doors, at least temporarily.
But as more cities restrict people's ability to move around freely in public, there are countless other aspects of life that will be massively disrupted. Here are a few activities that people might not have yet realized will be off limits or at least look a lot different.
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Planners, day-of coordinators, bands, photographers, food vendors, and wait staff not to mention hopeful brides and grooms will likely be hit hard as more people are forced to call off their weddings , which cost an average of $33,000 in the US, according to The Knot.
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It's not just theaters that are shutting down, the movie industry itself is taking a hit, with releases being delayed for major titles like Disney's live-action "Mulan" remake and the new James Bond film, "No Time To Die."
Hanging out with friends
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As social distancing becomes the new normal for most people across the world, there's a worry it could cause a "loneliness epidemic." This could be particularly worrisome for the elderly and other vulnerable populations, whom the CDC has advised to "stay home as much as possible." It could also fuel a new wave of virtual mental health companies and remote wellness programs aimed at keeping people connected and healthy while they're cooped up.
The professional sports world came to a grinding halt this week with the NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA canceling their seasons . But for millions of kids and adults who enjoy playing sports for fun, they're also facing the likelihood that a favorite pastime won't be an option for the foreseeable future.
College admission tests like the SAT and ACT , where test takers and moderators must congregate in-person, have already been canceled through May, and it's raising questions for anxious high-school graduates about how the delays will impact their applications.
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While people may be playing a lot more video games as they're stuck at home, the esports industry could have a tough road ahead . Esports leagues and tournaments, as well as industry conferences, require public gatherings as much as any other sport, and will need to find ways to move online.
Haircuts and nail care
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When San Francisco went on lockdown this week, it explicitly told residents: "You cannot go to a nail salon or get your hair cut by a stylist or barber." As more businesses shut down, barbershops as well as hair and nail salons could have to drastically change how they operate.
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