Many local grocery stores have taken steps to protect customers from contracting COVID-19, but some have been more aggressive than others. PC: Staff Photo

In brief: Win for workers, dorm drama, and more

Shielding up While many businesses have been forced to close due to the coronavirus, grocery stores are busier than ever—and their employees have had to continue showing up for work, potentially putting themselves at risk. On March 31, some Whole Foods workers stayed home in a nationwide “sick out” to protest a lack of protections, […]

"Con Todo el Mundo," the 2018 album by Khruangbin, is one of our Tunes columnist's recommendations for quarantine listening. Publicity photo

Album reviews: Quarantunes

More than ever, we’re treating pop music functionally—we choose and use tunes to get us going in the morning; to set the right vibes for cooking; to get amped for a night out. But creating a functional playlist for others can be perilous. Consider the wedding DJ, who takes responsibility for the entertainment of everyone […]

Helen (left) and Garnette (right), photographed by Eze Amos for the Cville Porch Portraits project.

Focused group: Porchraits capture residents at a distance 

Two weeks ago, Eze Amos was “bored as hell.” Usually the photographer is running around Charlottesville at all hours, snapping candid shots of everyday life in the city—buskers, beer drinkers, sidewalk chalkers, protesters—shooting weddings, or completing assignments for this newspaper. But with everyone staying home for social distancing, Amos and many other photographers have lost […]

Lee O’Neill of Radical Roots Community Farm is one of many local farmers who has had to get creative with her business and distribution plans this year. Photo by John Robinson

Food web: Local farms find new ways to connect with customers

At this point in the season, farmers have planted potatoes and strawberries. They’ve sown radishes, carrots, beets, and kohlrabi. They’ve transplanted broccoli and onions from interior pots to outdoor beds, and any day now, they’ll put  in the warmer-weather crops like corn and peppers.  But as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam’s […]

Pizza has long been a favorite carry-out food, and that hasn't changed during quarantine. Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria recently posted this photo of a dizzying pizza box tower and asked followers to guess how many. Photo courtesy Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria

Small Bites: April 6

Stepping up to serve free meals In these trying times for the restaurant industry, chef Harrison Keevil of Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen is using his talents to serve others. What originally started as a free lunch (about 20 meals each weekday), has expanded to include breakfast and dinner, and by April 13, Keevil is […]

Coronavirus coverage

Coronavirus coverage

We're continually covering the impact of the novel coronavirus on our community--this page includes all our prior coverage, including a continually updated list of event cancellations. The first case of COVID-19 in Charlottesville was confirmed on March 16. As of April 7, there were 100 reported cases in the Charlottesville area, and 1 death. Statewide, [...]