Photography by Kathy Tran

There’s no denying 2020 was a bleak year. The obvious culprit is the coronavirus, which caused thousands of U.S. deaths and mass unemployment, not to mention widespread anxiety. But life goes on. As weeks turned to months, East Dallas neighbors found creative ways to live their lives in a year that was anything but normal.


COVID-19 Timeline in East Dallas

MARCH 10: First presumptive positive COVID-19 case reported in Dallas County

MARCH 11: St. Patrick’s Day parade on Greenville Avenue canceled

MARCH 13: Dallas County bans gatherings of more than 500 people

MARCH 15: First Texan dies from COVID-19

MARCH 16: City of Dallas orders all bars, gyms and theaters to close at midnight, Dallas ISD announces it is closing schools indefinitely, DISD reports its first coronavirus case after a student at J.L. Long Middle School tests positive

MARCH 19: Gov. Greg Abbott issues an executive order closing schools, bars, dine-in restaurants and gyms and banning gatherings of more than 10 people

MARCH 22: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issues shelter-in-place order

MARCH 31: Abbott issues executive order that prohibits Texans from leaving their homes for anything other than essential activities

APRIL 3: The Lot permanently closes

APRIL 4: Dallas County COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000

APRIL 16: Jenkins requires Dallas County residents to wear face coverings in public

MAY 1: Restaurants, retail stores, theaters and malls reopen at 25 percent capacity

MAY 11: Highland Park Cafeteria permanently closes after 95 years in business

MAY 22: Bars and bowling alleys reopen at 25 percent capacity. Restaurants increase occupancy to 50 percent.

JUNE 12: Restaurants expand capacity to 75 percent

JUNE 24: Texas’ positivity rate exceeds 10 percent

JUNE 26: Bars close again. Restaurant and business capacity scaled back to 50 percent

JULY 2: Abbott issues statewide mask mandate

JULY 3-20: Dallas County reports more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases for 18 consecutive days

SEPT. 8: DISD resumes classes online

OCT. 5: DISD students who opted for in-person learning return to campus

OCT. 21: The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission suspends The Whippersnapper’s liquor license for violating COVID-19 protocols

OCT. 27: The TABC suspends liquor licenses at four more East Dallas bars: Shuck N Jive, High Fives, Alamo Club and XOXO Dining Room

NOV. 11More than 10,000 COVID-19 cases reported since March in Dallas County

NOV. 27-DEC. 3: 15 percent of hospital beds in use by COVID-19 patients for seven consecutive days

DEC. 3: Restaurants and retail capacity reduced to 50 percent in Dallas County

DEC. 14: First COVID-19 vaccine administered in Dallas County

DEC. 16: Dallas County reports a single-day high of 1,942 COVID-19 cases

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