SLIDESHOW: From cheerful messages to donated flowers, life in Chilliwack carries on through pandemic

An uplifting message in chalk was left for others on a sidewalk in Chilliwack. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Students lined up outside their schools throughout the week, to collect their locker contents. At Chilliwack secondary on Thursday afternoon, staff passed belongings to students who waited outside while social distancing. Students are expected to continue their studies for many classes at home, via the internet. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Quik Farms has been donating flowers to places around town to lift people’s spirits, including to staff and residents at seniors homes such as the Waverly. (Submitted)
The parking lot is empty these days at Elements Casino in Chilliwack, as all casinos were ordered to close due to COVID-19. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
The City of Chilliwack has closed all playing fields to the public, but maintenance continues. Here, a mower takes care of the grass at the Fairfield Island ball diamonds. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Restaurants around town are finding ways to stay operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Shandhar Hut in Chilliwack, the chairs inside are upturned in the usually busy dining room, and an uplifting message has been added to their board outside. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Shoppers are becoming used to social distancing in lineups at grocery stores, such as at the Chilliwack Superstore where one main lineup often ends at the back of the store, while an employee at the front directs them to different tills. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
A friendly gnome painted on a small rock sits as a reminder to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. The warm water and lather is needed to destroy the COVID-19 virus, officials say. The rock was found along the Vedder Rotary Trail. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Minter Country Garden dropped of dozens of daffodils for the Chilliwack Hospice Society on Thursday. “We were happy to be able to share them with the clients and their families, and the dedicated team of staff at Cascade Hospice Residence. Thank you for brightening up our day,” the staff posted on the Hospice Facebook page. (Submitted photo)
There’s a movement around the province to put hearts in windows, for people to spread positivity in their neighbourhoods. This window design was made by Chilliwack’s Joceyln Thomas and her children. For more on this movement and to upload a photo from your own community, visit the Facebook page, Hearts in the Window. (Submitted)

With all the shutdowns and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, life in Chilliwack is anything but normal right now.

Many businesses are closed or have adapted how they operate. Schools have moved to an online form of learning that is still being sorted out.

But life still carries on.

The Progress has compiled these photos this week of what’s going on around us.

If you have a story of photo to share that’s related to the COVID-19 pandemic, connect with us via our Facebook page, by emailing editor@theprogress.com, or contacting one of our journalists.

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