Young woman wiping table in the kitchen

You should regularly disinfect the items and surfaces you use most in your home. (Getty Images)

With quarantines and shelter-in-place orders that are likely to last the next month or more, your home has suddenly never felt smaller.

If you’re living in an apartment by yourself or with roommates, the size is even more acutely apparent. Your apartment may be a small unit, like many built within the last decade. Rental listing and information site RentCafe.com reported in December 2019 that the average size of newly built apartments in 2019 was 933 square feet – a 57-square-foot decrease compared to 2010.

Many developers and apartment building owners make up for smaller living spaces with top-notch amenities, from business centers to lounges, areas to grill and even rooftop pools and gathering spaces.

But as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, those community spaces that offset the small size of your apartment are either closed entirely or suddenly an undesirable place to hang out as you’re looking to limit physical interaction with other people. You may find yourself struggling to balance interaction with others with personal space and the necessary measures to avoid the spread of illness in a high-density building.

[Read: The 10 Best Apps for Finding Your Next Apartment]

Here are six things small apartment dwellers can do to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Check in with your landlord.
  • Avoid building amenities.
  • Continue cleaning.
  • Share schedules.
  • Take breaks.
  • Be mindful of neighbors.

Check in With Your Landlord

Now is a good time to touch base with your landlord by email, phone or text.

Especially if you’re one of the more than 6 million Americans who have been laid off due to the global pandemic, it’s important to let your landlord know you can’t pay rent, and hopefully discuss payment deferment or decreases during the period you’re unemployed.

Aside from rent concerns, communication with your landlord can help you take advantage of any assistance offered during the pandemic. Some apartment building owners are helping set up delivery services for groceries and meal delivery from local restaurants, as well as process packages from online orders.

“Instead of (tenants) having to go to local stores to buy stuff, we have it delivered in and dispersed to their apartments,” says Jeffrey Amengual, chief operating officer of DMG Investments, a New York City-based company that owns student housing, apartments and condominiums throughout the U.S.

Avoid Building Amenities

As hard as it may be to work from your studio apartment when there’s a perfectly good lounge in the building, or run outside when there’s a state-of-the-art gym on your first floor, it’s important to stay away for now. Your landlord may have officially closed all amenities anyway.

Amengual says DMG Investments has closed amenities in their properties, to both allow for a deep cleaning of all common areas and also to prevent future spread of COVID-19. While most residents are understanding, he says that a few have been vocal of their dislike of the measure.

“There are people that will feel they’re somehow smarter, stronger, better than everyone else and they won’t get the virus,” he says. “But reality will set in, and those who didn’t take proper precautions will probably be infected at a higher rate than those who do take proper precautions.”

For apartment communities that previously offered classes and gatherings that have been canceled, ask if virtual classes are a possibility.

Common is a residential company that designs and manages apartments in major cities throughout the U.S., including New York, San Francisco and Seattle. While the brand manages a variety of rental styles, many spaces include suites and co-living opportunities. With amenities closed and a no-guest policy in place to help reduce spread of the coronavirus, Common is shifting its focus. “Increased isolation through social distancing has forced us to help our members find community virtually,” Eric Rodriguez, vice president of operations at Common, wrote in an email. “Our experience team has moved their monthly event budget to be 100% virtual, and we’re providing classes through the Common app for things like yoga, cooking, and painting.”

[Read: What You Should Know About Tenant Rights]

Continue Cleaning

While your landlord is hopefully focusing on keeping elevators, stairwells and lobbies clean, be diligent about deep cleaning your personal space as well. Repeatedly disinfect the items and surfaces you use most in your home, including countertops, door handles, light switches and even the toothpaste tube.

If you run low on cleaning supplies and you’re unable to find more in stores or online, check in with your landlord or neighbors. Both Common and DMG Investments are providing their tenants with cleaning supplies to help them disinfect their personal spaces. “This ensures that our residents won’t have to shop for these items should they run out in their apartments,” Rodriguez says.


Photo Gallery
A bolt of lightning streaks near the vestiges of a rainbow as a thunderstorm rolls through Lewiston, Idaho, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune via AP)
Gala, 7, speaks with her friend and classmate Oliver, 6, as they jump on the wall on their courtyard in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 29, 2020 as the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus continues. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 29: A utility service worker, wearing a protective suit, sprays sodium hypochlorite to disinfect the fitting rooms of a women underwear store  on April 29, 2020 in Milan, Italy. Italy will remain on lockdown to stem the transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), slowly easing restrictions. (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)
Francis Flores sits inside a shelter she constructed from pieces of cardboard and a sheet, at a makeshift camp of Peruvians who want to return to their provinces, in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, April 29, 2020.  Health authorities said that day laborers and informal workers who ended up stuck in the capital because of strict quarantine rules to control the spread of new coronavirus, will be allowed to travel home if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Men sit outside a public hospital treating patients with suspected COVID-19 as they wait for news on a hospitalized relative, in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Mexico's coronavirus cases have begun rising more rapidly, with experts predicting a peak around the second week in May. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
POTOMAC, MARYLAND - APRIL 28: Olympic hopeful and USA Swimming National Team member Phoebe Bacon trains amid the coronavirus pandemic at a family friend's covered, 15-meter pool on April 28, 2020 in Potomac, Maryland. Bacon, a high school senior and PanAmerican gold medalist, qualified for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials and is using the small-sized pool to continue to train in the water after COVID-19 closed pools. The U.S. trials and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed due the coronavirus, but that hasn't deterred athletes like Bacon from finding non-traditional ways of training. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Two children wearing face masks sit on top of a boat in a beach in Badalona, near Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 as the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus continues. Health authorities in Spain are urging parents to be responsible and abide by social distancing rules a day after some beach fronts and city promenades filled with families eager to enjoy the first stroll out in six weeks. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
An anti-government protester uses a stone to beat on the shield of a riot policeman, during a protest against the deepening financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Hundreds of protesters set fire to two banks and hurled stones at soldiers, who responded with tear gas and batons in renewed clashes triggered by an economic crisis spiraling out of control amid a weeks-long virus lockdown. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Trina Ward, an election judge, reviews a voter's paperwork during the 7th Congressional District special election at a voting center at Edmondson High School, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Baltimore. Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik won special primaries for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings. Voters have been encouraged to mail in their ballots and only three in-person polling centers have been set up across the district in an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A police officer stands on the roof during a prison riot at Castro Castro prison in Lima, Peru, Monday, April 27, 2020. Peru's prison agency reported that three prisoners died from causes still under investigation after a riot at the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima. Inmates complain authorities are not doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus inside the prison. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A member of National Circus Foundation of Venezuela, wearing a mask as a measure to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, takes a rest after a streamed performance of the Caracas International Theater Festival Preface, at the National Theatre in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
In this photo released by the El Salvador Presidency Press Office, inmates are lined up during a security operation under the watch of police at the Izalco prison in San Salvador, El Salvador, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Authorities crammed the prisoners, albeit wearing masks, tightly together in prison yards while searching their cells. President Nayib Bukele ordered the crackdown after more than 20 people were murdered in the country Friday and intelligence suggested the orders came from imprisoned gang leaders. (El Salvador President Press Office via AP)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 24: Suleymaniye Mosque Muezzin, Davut Avci, prays alone during the evening prayer in the closed Suleymaniye Mosque on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan and the second day of a four-day lockdown across Istanbul on April 24, 2020, in Istanbul, Turkey. TurkeyÕs Mosques remain closed due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus as MuslimÕs around the world began Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar under lockdown. As of April 24, according to the Health Ministry, Turkey has 2,600 Coronavirus related deaths and confirmed cases have risen to 104,912. Despite the rising numbers Turkey has avoided a full lockdown and continues to implement short lockdowns and constant revisions of current restrictions. The interior ministry continues restrictions on travel between 31 cities, a curfew continues to be in place for anyone over the age of 65 and under 20, schools, cafes, bars and non-essential businesses remain closed. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ROSS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24:  Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes does a training run on Bald Hill on April 24, 2020 in Ross, California. All of the races that Karnazes planned to compete in have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Karnazes has run marathons and endurance races all over the world, and has finished 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHONGQING, CHINA - APRIL 24: A worker maintains the 3D paintings on the ground at Longgang Scenic Area on April 24, 2020 in Chongqing, China. (Photo by Liu Yang/VCG via Getty Images)
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Editor's note: this gallery is updated regularly throughout the month. It was last updated on 04/30.

April 29, 2020 | Lewiston, Idaho | A bolt of lightning streaks near a rainbow as a thunderstorm rolls through.
(Pete Caster/AP)

April 29, 2020 | Barcelona | Gala, 7, speaks with her friend and classmate Oliver, 6, from their respective courtyards. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

April 29, 2020 | Milan | A utility service worker sprays sodium hypochlorite to disinfect fitting rooms of a women's lingerie store. (Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

April 29, 2020 | Lima, Peru | Francis Flores sits inside a shelter she constructed from pieces of cardboard and a sheet, at a makeshift camp for day laborers. Health authorities announced day laborers and informal workers who are stuck in the capital will be allowed to travel home if they test negative for COVID-19. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

April 28, 2020 | Mexico City | Men sit outside a public hospital treating patients with COVID-19 symptoms as they wait for news on a hospitalized relative. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

April 28, 2020 | Potomac, Maryland | Olympic hopeful and USA Swimming National Team member Phoebe Bacon trains at a family friend's covered 15-meter pool. Bacon, a high school senior and PanAmerican gold medalist, qualified for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials and is using the small-sized pool to continue to train in the water after COVID-19 closed pools. The U.S. trials and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed, but that hasn't deterred athletes like Bacon from finding non-traditional ways of training. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

April 28, 2020 | Badalona, Spain | Two children wearing face masks sit on top of a boat. Health authorities are urging parents to abide by social distancing rules after beaches and promenades filled with families eager to enjoy their first stroll out in six weeks. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

April 28, 2020 | Beirut, Lebanon | An anti-government protester uses a stone to beat on the shield of a riot policeman, during a protest against the deepening financial crisis. Hundreds of protesters set fire to two banks and hurled stones at soldiers, who responded with tear gas and batons in renewed clashes triggered by an economic crisis spiraling out of control amid a weeks-long virus lockdown. (Hussein Malla/AP)

April 28, 2020 | Baltimore | Trina Ward, an election judge, reviews a voter's paperwork during the 7th Congressional District special election at a voting center at Edmondson High School. Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik won special primaries for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings. Voters have been encouraged to mail in their ballots and only three in-person polling centers have been set up across the district. (Julio Cortez/AP)

April 27, 2020 | Lima, Peru | A police officer stands on the roof during a riot at Castro Castro prison as inmates complained authorities were not doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus inside the prison. Peru's prison agency reported that three prisoners died from causes still under investigation after the riot. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

April 26, 2020 | Caracas, Venezuela | A member of National Circus Foundation of Venezuela takes a rest after a streamed performance at the National Theater. (Matias Delacroix/AP)

April 25, 2020 | San Salvador, El Salvador | Inmates are lined up while authorities search their cells during a security operation. President Nayib Bukele ordered the crackdown after over 20 people were murdered in El Salvador on Friday. Intelligence suggested the orders came from imprisoned gang leaders. (El Salvador President Press Office/AP)

April 24, 2020 | Istanbul | Suleymaniye Mosque Muezzin, Davut Avci, prays alone during the evening prayer in the closed mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

April 24, 2020 | Ross, California | Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes does a training run on Bald Hill. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

April 24, 2020 | Chongqing, China | A worker maintains 3D paintings at Longgang Scenic Area. (Liu Yang/VCG/Getty Images)

April 24, 2020 | Narragansett, Rhode Island | Mason Lambert, 5, looks up at the rain with during his daily outing with his mother and grandmother to one of the few open public parking areas by the sea. (David Goldman/AP)

April 23, 2020 | El Prat del Llobregat, Spain | Edurne Espona and her daughter, Eire, decorate the window of their home with red roses on Sant Jordi Day. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

April 22, 2020 | Hellam, Pennsylvania | Fred Haag, an associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York, shows students how to mix colors during his "Art 50: Introduction to Painting" course from a loft studio at his small farm. The spring class of 20 undergraduate students has been meeting remotely since March 16, when the whole Penn State system moved to remote and online classes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Matt Slocum/AP)

April 22, 2020 | La Marquesa, Mexico | A beer and snacks shop sits closed at La Marquesa National Park. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

April 22, 2020 | Lima, Peru | Estefano Godo, whose beauty salon has been forced to close, cuts the hair of client Alexander Placencia at his home due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

April 22, 2020 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | A ballet tutu hangs at a workshop of the Colon Theater. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)

April 22, 2020 | Barcelona | Siblings Maria Rosa (right) and Javier and Carina (center) attend the burial of their mother, Amparo Rumeu, at the Montjuic cemetery. Only three of the six siblings of the Rumeu family were allowed to attend the funeral of their mother due to restrictions imposed by the Spanish government. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

April 21, 2020 | Tokyo | A man stretches on the street at a Tokyo business district. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

April 20, 2020 | Columbus, Ohio | Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse to protest the stay at home order. (Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

April 20, 2020 | Sydney | A surfer paddles out at Maroubra beach. Coogee, Maroubra and Clovelly beaches in Randwick council reopened today for exercise only. Several beaches in Sydney's Eastern suburbs were closed March 28, after large crowds were seen gathering at Bondi Beach despite social distancing orders. (Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

April 20, 2020 | Prague | A woman pulls her children through downtown. The Czech government has begun partially easing lockdown measures. (Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)

April 19, 2020 | San Nicola la Strada, Italy | Alyn Valeriou trains with his 3-year old daughter Maria Cristina, outside his caravan at the Romina Orfei Circus. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

April 18, 2020 | Arlington, Virginia | Newly married couple Tyler and Caryn Suiters embrace following their marriage ceremony performed by Rev. Andrew Merrow in an otherwise empty St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Merrow and his wife Cameron Merrow were the only other attendees at the ceremony. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

April 17, 2020 | Barcelona | A man sleeps in the middle of an empty street. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

April 16, 2020 | Oakland, California | An animal keeper feeds a piece of fruit to a fruit bat during a behind the scenes interactive live stream from the Oakland Zoo. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

April 16, 2020 | Seville, Spain | A member of the Don Bosco Foundation delivers food from the Fraternitas Project, which serves vulnerable families in two of the poorest neighborhoods in Spain, Southern Industrial Park and Tres Mil Viviendas. (María José López/Europa Press/Getty Images)

April 16, 2020 | Barcelona | A worker applies varnish to a coffin at the Eurocoffin factory. The factory has tripled its daily production to cope with the increase in demand related to COVID-19 deaths. (Felipe Dana/AP)

April 15, 2020 | New Delhi | Bedding belonging to migrant laborers and homeless people lie scattered after an eviction on the banks of Yamuna River. (Altaf Qadri/AP)

April 15, 2020 | Rio de Janeiro | Leticia Machado, 31, sits at her home during a lockdown. (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

April 15, 2020 | Manila, Philippines | A fire engulfs houses in a slum. According to authorities, more than a hundred residents were rendered homeless after the fire razed the slum. (Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

April 14, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | President Trump departs after a COVID-19 press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Alex Brandon/AP)

April 14, 2020 | Santa Maria Jajalpa, Mexico | A woman poses with a 20 Jajalpesos bill. The town of around 6,500 inhabitants is the first to create its own currency to help low-income and elderly people face the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The town's delegates donated 50,000 Mexican pesos (2,125 U.S. dollars) and created new banknotes called "Jajalpesos," which were distributed among local residents. They can only be used in Santa Maria Jajalpa to boost the local economy. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

April 12, 2020 | Northampton, England | Claire Rogers reads the travel pages at her home. (David Rogers/Getty Images)

April 10, 2020 | Hong Kong | A person plays piano inside a Ming's Piano truck. In attempt to keep their business during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ming's Piano, a music school with 23 teachers and about 8000 students, has hired three trucks to deliver lessons at students' doorsteps. (Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)

April 10, 2020 | London | A woman walks through the Square Mile at sunrise. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

April 9, 2020 | Spain | A group of women who have suffered gender violence and have filed official complaints, live together with their children in a home. The government provides asylum homes for women who request it, enabling them to flee from their abusive partners. (Alvaro Calvo/Getty Images)

April 8, 2020 | Capel Curig, Wales | The Reverend Stuart Elliott is pictured during an Easter Eve service on the shore of Llyn Mymbyr. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Image

April 8, 2020 | Louth, Australia | A "super moon," partially obscured by clouds, is seen rising. Officially known as the perigee-syzygy Moon, the "super pink moon" is the largest full moon for 2020. (Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

April 7, 2020 | Ronda, Spain | Hats worn by penitents are pictured, as Holy Week processions were canceled during a national lockdown. (JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images

April 7, 2020 | Janesville, Wisconsin | Robert Forrestal wears a full face chemical shield as he votes at the Janesville Mall for the state's presidential primary election. (Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette/AP)

April 6, 2020 | Bangkok | Dogs rest in a crowded enclosure at Auntie Ju's shelter for stray dogs, where some 1,500 canines rescued from the streets around the Thai capital are being housed. Donations of food and money have dramatically decreased since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the dogs with little food to survive on. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

April 6, 2020 | Shanghai | People play basketball in a park as Shanghai reopens most of its outdoors public facilities. (Yves Dean/Getty Images)

April 6, 2020 | Istanbul | Teachers volunteer their time to help make surgical face masks amid the COVID-19 outbreak at a Vocational and Technical Anatolian School. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

April 6, 2020 | Jerusalem | The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the old city is deserted during a government enforced lockdown. (Guy Prives/Getty Images)

April 5, 2020 | Sydney | A deserted Manly Beach is seen following its closure. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

April 4, 2020 | Rio de Janeiro | A man exercises on Ipanema Beach. (Bruna Prado/Getty Images)

April 3, 2020 | Seoul | A woman wears a mask while reading a book at the Jogyesa Temple. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

April 2, 2020 | Belo Horizonte, Brazil | Mineirao Stadium is lit up in green, the color of hope, as a token of appreciation to all the professionals involved in the effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. (Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

April 2, 2020 | Innsbruck, Austria | An undertaker dressed in full protective clothing pushes a coffin carrying a deceased coronavirus victim into a mortuary van. (Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)

April 1, 2020 | Manila, Philippines | A homeless child and her mother rest inside a gymnasium converted into a shelter for the homeless who are unable to feed themselves and unable to work due to lockdown measures. (Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

April 1, 2020 | Istanbul | A woman walks down an empty street in the unusually quiet Eminonu district. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

April 1, 2020 | Los Angeles | Commuters rest while riding a Los Angeles Metro Rail train. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A bolt of lightning streaks near the vestiges of a rainbow as a thunderstorm rolls through Lewiston, Idaho, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune via AP)
Gala, 7, speaks with her friend and classmate Oliver, 6, as they jump on the wall on their courtyard in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 29, 2020 as the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus continues. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 29: A utility service worker, wearing a protective suit, sprays sodium hypochlorite to disinfect the fitting rooms of a women underwear store  on April 29, 2020 in Milan, Italy. Italy will remain on lockdown to stem the transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), slowly easing restrictions. (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)
Francis Flores sits inside a shelter she constructed from pieces of cardboard and a sheet, at a makeshift camp of Peruvians who want to return to their provinces, in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, April 29, 2020.  Health authorities said that day laborers and informal workers who ended up stuck in the capital because of strict quarantine rules to control the spread of new coronavirus, will be allowed to travel home if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Men sit outside a public hospital treating patients with suspected COVID-19 as they wait for news on a hospitalized relative, in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Mexico's coronavirus cases have begun rising more rapidly, with experts predicting a peak around the second week in May. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
POTOMAC, MARYLAND - APRIL 28: Olympic hopeful and USA Swimming National Team member Phoebe Bacon trains amid the coronavirus pandemic at a family friend's covered, 15-meter pool on April 28, 2020 in Potomac, Maryland. Bacon, a high school senior and PanAmerican gold medalist, qualified for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials and is using the small-sized pool to continue to train in the water after COVID-19 closed pools. The U.S. trials and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed due the coronavirus, but that hasn't deterred athletes like Bacon from finding non-traditional ways of training. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Two children wearing face masks sit on top of a boat in a beach in Badalona, near Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 as the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus continues. Health authorities in Spain are urging parents to be responsible and abide by social distancing rules a day after some beach fronts and city promenades filled with families eager to enjoy the first stroll out in six weeks. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
An anti-government protester uses a stone to beat on the shield of a riot policeman, during a protest against the deepening financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Hundreds of protesters set fire to two banks and hurled stones at soldiers, who responded with tear gas and batons in renewed clashes triggered by an economic crisis spiraling out of control amid a weeks-long virus lockdown. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Trina Ward, an election judge, reviews a voter's paperwork during the 7th Congressional District special election at a voting center at Edmondson High School, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Baltimore. Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik won special primaries for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings. Voters have been encouraged to mail in their ballots and only three in-person polling centers have been set up across the district in an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A police officer stands on the roof during a prison riot at Castro Castro prison in Lima, Peru, Monday, April 27, 2020. Peru's prison agency reported that three prisoners died from causes still under investigation after a riot at the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima. Inmates complain authorities are not doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus inside the prison. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A member of National Circus Foundation of Venezuela, wearing a mask as a measure to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, takes a rest after a streamed performance of the Caracas International Theater Festival Preface, at the National Theatre in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
In this photo released by the El Salvador Presidency Press Office, inmates are lined up during a security operation under the watch of police at the Izalco prison in San Salvador, El Salvador, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Authorities crammed the prisoners, albeit wearing masks, tightly together in prison yards while searching their cells. President Nayib Bukele ordered the crackdown after more than 20 people were murdered in the country Friday and intelligence suggested the orders came from imprisoned gang leaders. (El Salvador President Press Office via AP)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 24: Suleymaniye Mosque Muezzin, Davut Avci, prays alone during the evening prayer in the closed Suleymaniye Mosque on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan and the second day of a four-day lockdown across Istanbul on April 24, 2020, in Istanbul, Turkey. TurkeyÕs Mosques remain closed due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus as MuslimÕs around the world began Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar under lockdown. As of April 24, according to the Health Ministry, Turkey has 2,600 Coronavirus related deaths and confirmed cases have risen to 104,912. Despite the rising numbers Turkey has avoided a full lockdown and continues to implement short lockdowns and constant revisions of current restrictions. The interior ministry continues restrictions on travel between 31 cities, a curfew continues to be in place for anyone over the age of 65 and under 20, schools, cafes, bars and non-essential businesses remain closed. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ROSS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24:  Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes does a training run on Bald Hill on April 24, 2020 in Ross, California. All of the races that Karnazes planned to compete in have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Karnazes has run marathons and endurance races all over the world, and has finished 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHONGQING, CHINA - APRIL 24: A worker maintains the 3D paintings on the ground at Longgang Scenic Area on April 24, 2020 in Chongqing, China. (Photo by Liu Yang/VCG via Getty Images)
Mason Lambert, 5, looks up at the rain as he leaves the house with his grandmother Karen Lambert, in car at left, and mother Emilie Lambert, right, for his daily outing to one of the few public parking areas still open by the sea during the coronavirus shutdown, Friday, April 24, 2020, in Narragansett, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
EL PRAT DEL LLOBREGAT, SPAIN - APRIL 23: Edurne Espona and her daughter Eire decorate the window of their home with red roses during Sant Jordi Day on April 23, 2020 in El Prat del Llobregat, Spain.  Catalans are celebrating Sant Jordi at home under strict lockdown measures which they are banning leaving home to buy the traditional red rose and book to be given as present to their loved ones. Last years more than 7 million roses were sold for this day. Spain has had more than 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 20,000 reported deaths, although the rate has declined after weeks of lockdown measures. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Fred Haag, an associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York, shows how to mix colors during his Art 50: Introduction to Painting course from a loft studio at his small farm in Hellam, Pa., Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The spring class of 20 undergraduate students has been meeting remotely since March 16, when the whole Penn State system moved to remote and online classes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - APRIL 22: A beer and snacks store looks closed at La Marquesa National Park on April 22, 2020 in the State of Mexico, Mexico. La Marquesa is a recreational park at 45 minutes driving from Mexico City where people usually go  to spend the day during weekends. Mexico announced social distancing measures will be extended at least until May 30. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Estefano Godo, 19, cuts the hair of Alexander Placencia, 29, at his house due to the new coronavirus emergency, in the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. "Working inside my house with few clients it’s the only way of earning some money to survive in this crisis," said Godo who’s beauty salon has been forced to close. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A ballet tutu hangs at a workshop of the Colon Theater during the coronavirus lockdown in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Despite the lockdown, in the bowels of the emblematic Buenos Aires theater, the workshops continue to function, not to make costumes or ballet shoes, but to manufacture masks that will be donated to the volunteers who assist the population during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Siblings Maria Rosa, right, Javier and Carina, centre, attend the burial of their mother Amparo Rumeu at the Montjuic cemetery in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. as the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus continues. Only three of the six siblings of the Rumeu family were allowed to attend the funeral of their mother due to the social restrictions imposed by the Spanish government. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A man wearing a mask against the spread of the new coronavirus stretches at a business district in Tokyo Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 20: Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse to protest the 'Stay at Home' order on April 20, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. The order was put into place by Governor Mike DeWine on March 23rd, in effect until May 1st, in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20:  A surfer paddles out at Maroubra beach on April 20, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Coogee, Maroubra and Clovelly beaches in Randwick council reopened today for exercise only. Several beaches in Sydney's Eastern suburbs were closed March 28, after large crowds were seen gathering at Bondi Beach despite social distancing orders in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - APRIL 20: A woman pulls her children through down town on April 20, 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic. Czech government has begun partially easing the measures to slow down the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 disease during the lockdown. (Photo by Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)
Alyn Valeriou trains with his 3-year old daughter Maria Cristina, outside his caravan at the Romina Orfei Circus, parked in San Nicola la Strada, near Naples, Italy, Sunday April 19, 2020. Anamaria and her husband Alyn Valeriou are thinking to leave the circus to open an educational farm. "But now we are stuck here" said Anamaria. The Orfei itinerant circus made its last performance on March 1, after that show the national shutdown of public events to contain the spreading of the COVID-19 in Italy blocked 94 animals and nine families. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - APRIL 18:  Newly married Tyler and Caryn Suiters embrace following their marriage ceremony performed by Rev. Andrew Merrow in an otherwise empty St. Mary’s Episcopal Church April 18, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Rev. Merrow and his wife Cameron Merrow were the only other attendees at the ceremony due to social distancing guidelines implemented in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A man sleeps in the middle of an empty street during the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: An animal keeper feeds a piece of fruit to a fruit bat during a behind the scenes interactive live stream from the Oakland Zoo on April 16, 2020 in Oakland, California. Since the Oakland Zoo has been closed to the public during the shelter in place, they are offering a subscription based service that will feature five weekly behind the scenes live streamed interactive programs that will feature animal keepers and their animals. Viewers are able to interact with the keepers by submitting questions to about the animals. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - APRIL 16: A member of the Don Bosco Foundation delivers food from the Fraternitas Project, which serves vulnerable families in two of the poorest neighbourhoods in Spain, Southern Industrial Park and Tres Mil Viviendas in Seville, during the state of emergency over the coronavirus crisis on April 16, 2020 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by María José López/Europa Press via Getty Images)
A worker applies varnish to a coffin at the Eurocoffin factory in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 16, 2020. The factory has tripled its daily production to cope with the increase in demand related to COVID-19 deaths. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Beddings and other belongings of Indian migrant laborers and homeless people lie scattered after they were evicted from the banks of Yamuna River where they were squatting during lockdown in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the world's largest coronavirus lockdown to head off the epidemic's peak, with officials racing to make up for lost time. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Manicurist Leticia Machado, 31, who has seven children, sits at her home during the new coronavirus pandemic in Turano favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Machado and her husband, who is an informal worker, receive donations of food from a cultural center and residents of the favela, because they don't have work since the quarantine started in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - APRIL 15: A fire engulfs houses of a slum community on April 15, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. According to authorities, more than a hundred residents were rendered homeless after a fire razed the slum community, amid a government lockdown which has made the country's homeless vulnerable and in need of aid. Close to 70 percent of the homeless population are in Metro Manila and survive by begging, or collecting and reselling plastic and metal scraps. The Philippines' main island Luzon, which includes the capital Manila, remains on lockdown as authorities continue to struggle with the growing number of coronavirus, Covid-19 cases. Land, sea, and air travel has been suspended, while government work, schools, businesses, and public transportation have been ordered shut in a bid to keep some 55 million people at home. The Philippines' Department of Health has so far confirmed 5,223 cases of the coronavirus in the country, with at least 335 recorded fatalities. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump departs after speaking about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
SANTA MARIA JAJALPA, MEXICO - APRIL 14: A woman poses with a 20 Jajalpesos bill on April 14, 2020 in Santa Maria Jajalpa, Mexico. This town of around 6,500 inhabitants in the State of Mexico is the first one to create its own currency to help low-income and elderly people to face the recession caused by the COVID-19. The town's delegates donated 50,000 Mexican pesos (2,125 USD) and created new banknotes called ÒJajalpesosÓ which were distributed among local residents.  They can only be used in Santa Maria Jajalpa to boost local producers and stores. Mexico showed major concern about the impact on its economy and President AndrŽs Manuel Lopez Obrador was accused of downplaying the pandemic. Mexican peso is one of the worst-hit currencies in the region.  (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Claire Rogers, who is the photographer's wife, reads the travel pages on April 12, 2020 in Northampton, United Kingdom. Public Easter events have been cancelled across the country, with the government urging the public to respect lockdown measures by celebrating the holiday in their homes. Over 70,000 people across the UK have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and over 9,000 fatalities recorded.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - APRIL 10: A person plays piano inside a Ming's Piano truck at a car park, on April 10, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. In attempt to keep their business during the COVID-19 pandemic, MingÕs Piano, a music school with 23 teachers and about 8000 students, has hired three trucks to deliver lessons at students' doorsteps. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND  - APRIL 10: A woman walks through the Square Mile at sunrise on April 10, 2020 in London, England. There have been over 60,000 reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United Kingdom and 7,000 deaths. The country is in its third week of lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
SPAIN - APRIL 09: A group of women who have suffered gender violence and have filed official complaints, live together with their children in a home enabled by the Spanish state on April 9, 2020 in Spain.  The government provides asylum in homes for women who request it, enabling them to flee from their homes and from their abusive partners. (Photo by Alvaro Calvo/Getty Images)
CAPEL CURIG, WALES - APRIL 08: The Reverend Stuart Elliott blesses the new fire as part of his Service of New Light for Easter Eve on the shore of Llyn Mymbyr in Snowdonia on April 08, 2020 in Capel Curig, Wales. Rev Elliott is continuing his outdoor tradition of blessing the new fire for the 14th year. Without his parishioners to accompany him due to the coronavirus lockdown he has filmed various outdoor ceremonies which will be broadcast online for his flock to celebrate Easter. Reverend Elliott's Service of Light for Easter Eve normally begins with lighting a fire at a rural location, candles are then lit from the flames and in procession taken to the church to bathe it in the new light. Rev Elliott is regarded as a pioneer of outdoor worship and speaks on ecological issues for the Church in Wales. Many religious services are being recorded or live-streamed after the government banned large gatherings as part of its lockdown measures to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: A full 'Super moon', partially obscured by clouds, is seen rising in Outback Australia on April 08, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Officially known as the perigee-syzygy Moon, the 'super pink moon' is the largest full moon for 2020. The annual phenomenon occurs when the full moon is directly opposite the sun and also at the closest point to earth in its orbit.  (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
Capirotes (hats worn by penitents) are pictured in Ronda on April 7, 2020, as Holy Week processions were cancelled during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-16 outbreak. - Spain's daily coronavirus death rate shot up to 743 after falling for four straight days, lifting the total toll to 13,798, the health ministry said. The number of new infections in the world's second hardest-hit country after Italy also grew at a faster pace, rising 4.1 percent to 140,510, it added. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)
Robert Forrestal, left, wears a full face chemical shield to protect against the spread of coronavirus, as he votes Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at the Janesville Mall in Janesville, Wis. Hundreds of voters in Wisconsin are waiting in line to cast ballots at polling places for the state's presidential primary election, ignoring a stay-at-home order over the coronavirus threat. (Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP)
Dogs rest in a crowded enclosure at Auntie Ju's shelter for stray dogs on the outskirts of Bangkok on April 6, 2020, where some 1,500 canines rescued from the streets around the Thai capital are being housed. - Donations of food and money have dramatically decreased since the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, leaving the some 1,500 dogs being housed in the shelter with little food to survive on. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) / To go with THAILAND-VIRUS-ANIMAL-DOGS,PHOTOESSAY (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 06: People play on a basketball court in a city park on April 06, 2020 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai reopened most outdoor public facilities by the end of March. Health authorities in China said the country passed the peak of the COVID-19 epidemic on March 12. As of today, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected more than 1,277,000 people and killed over 71,000 globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11. (Photo by Yves Dean/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 06: Teachers volunteer their time to help make surgical face masks amid the COVID-19 outbreak at a Vocational and Technical Anatolian School on April 06, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Turkey's Ministry of National Education Istanbul Province Directorate, has launched a school program, turning some schools into makeshift factories to produce medical equipment. The program that is run and operated by  the schools teachers themselves, has produced 2,700,000 surgical grade masks, 8000 bodysuits and 3D printed face shields and 1,890 tonnes of disinfection solution since  March. Turkey continues to implement measures to halt the spread of coronavirus including a stay-at-home order for all persons over 60 and under 20 years of age,  road borders of 31 cities have been closed and face masks are mandatory in public places. Figures released by the Health Ministry for April 6, confirm Turkey has 649 deaths and 30,217 positive cases of Coronavirus (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - APRIL 06: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the old city is empty a week before Easter during a government enforced lockdown due to the coronavirus on April 06, 2020 in Jerusalem, Israel. There are about 10,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in the country, with several dozen deaths. (Photo by Guy Prives/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: A deserted Manly Beach following its closure today on April 05, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Northern Beaches Council today closed Manly, North Steyne, Queenscliff, Freshwater and Palm Beach after crowds were seen gathering there defying social distancing regulations put in place by the government to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - APRIL 04: A man exercises by Ipanema Beach during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 4, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to the Ministry of health, as of today, Brazil has 10.278 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and at least 431 recorded deaths. (Photo by Bruna Prado/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 03: A South Korean woman wears a mask while reading a book at Jogyesa Temple as South Koreans take measures to protect themselves against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 03, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has called for expanded public participation in social distancing, as the country witnesses a wave of community spread and imported infections leading to a resurgence in new cases of COVID-19. According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, 86 new cases were reported. The total number of infections in the nation tallies at 10,062. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - APRIL 2: Mineirao Stadium is lit up in green, the color of hope, as a token of appreciation to all the professionals involved in the effort to minimize the spread of the coronoavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on April 2, 2020 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In addition to the lighting, the phrase "We are together and isolated" is projected on the stadium. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)
INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - APRIL 02: Undertaker worker Leon (21) dressed in full protective clothing and mask pushes a coffin carrying a deceased Covid-19 victim into a mortuary van at a morgue on April 2, 2020 in Innsbruck, Austria. Austria currently has 10,927 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 158 people have died. While the numbers for both are continuing to climb, the rate has begun to slow. Austria has imposed strict measures restricting public life in an effort stem the spread of the virus. (Photo by Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - APRIL 1: A homeless child and her mother wearing facemasks rest inside a gymnasium converted into a shelter for the homeless who are unable to feed themselves and unable to work because of government lockdown measures on April 1, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government has sealed off Luzon, the country's largest and most populous island, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Land, sea, and air travel has been suspended, while government work, schools, businesses, and public transportation have been ordered shut in a bid to keep some 55 million people at home. The Philippines' Department of Health has so far confirmed 2,311 cases of the new coronavirus in the country, with at least 96 recorded fatalities. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 01: A woman wearing a face mask walks down an empty shopping street in the usually busy Eminonu district on April 01, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey has confirmed 168 deaths and 11,535 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), officials continue to implement steps to contain the spread of the virus with the Interior Ministry announcing measures including a ban on all intercity bus travel, all Internationals flights have been stopped and recreational activities such as fishing, jogging and barbecuing have been suspended in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01:  People rest while riding a Los Angeles Metro Rail train amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. As of last week, L.A. Metro ridership was down an estimated 81 percent on rail and 68 percent on buses amid the spread of COVID-19. L.A. MetroÕs trains and buses are cleaned daily and the agency is now encouraging riders to social distance and only board for ÔessentialÕ trips.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Editor's note: this gallery is updated regularly throughout the month. It was last updated on 04/30.

April 29, 2020 | Lewiston, Idaho | A bolt of lightning streaks near a rainbow as a thunderstorm rolls through.
(Pete Caster/AP)

April 29, 2020 | Barcelona | Gala, 7, speaks with her friend and classmate Oliver, 6, from their respective courtyards. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

April 29, 2020 | Milan | A utility service worker sprays sodium hypochlorite to disinfect fitting rooms of a women's lingerie store. (Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

April 29, 2020 | Lima, Peru | Francis Flores sits inside a shelter she constructed from pieces of cardboard and a sheet, at a makeshift camp for day laborers. Health authorities announced day laborers and informal workers who are stuck in the capital will be allowed to travel home if they test negative for COVID-19. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

April 28, 2020 | Mexico City | Men sit outside a public hospital treating patients with COVID-19 symptoms as they wait for news on a hospitalized relative. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

April 28, 2020 | Potomac, Maryland | Olympic hopeful and USA Swimming National Team member Phoebe Bacon trains at a family friend's covered 15-meter pool. Bacon, a high school senior and PanAmerican gold medalist, qualified for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials and is using the small-sized pool to continue to train in the water after COVID-19 closed pools. The U.S. trials and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed, but that hasn't deterred athletes like Bacon from finding non-traditional ways of training. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

April 28, 2020 | Badalona, Spain | Two children wearing face masks sit on top of a boat. Health authorities are urging parents to abide by social distancing rules after beaches and promenades filled with families eager to enjoy their first stroll out in six weeks. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

April 28, 2020 | Beirut, Lebanon | An anti-government protester uses a stone to beat on the shield of a riot policeman, during a protest against the deepening financial crisis. Hundreds of protesters set fire to two banks and hurled stones at soldiers, who responded with tear gas and batons in renewed clashes triggered by an economic crisis spiraling out of control amid a weeks-long virus lockdown. (Hussein Malla/AP)

April 28, 2020 | Baltimore | Trina Ward, an election judge, reviews a voter's paperwork during the 7th Congressional District special election at a voting center at Edmondson High School. Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik won special primaries for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings. Voters have been encouraged to mail in their ballots and only three in-person polling centers have been set up across the district. (Julio Cortez/AP)

April 27, 2020 | Lima, Peru | A police officer stands on the roof during a riot at Castro Castro prison as inmates complained authorities were not doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus inside the prison. Peru's prison agency reported that three prisoners died from causes still under investigation after the riot. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

April 26, 2020 | Caracas, Venezuela | A member of National Circus Foundation of Venezuela takes a rest after a streamed performance at the National Theater. (Matias Delacroix/AP)

April 25, 2020 | San Salvador, El Salvador | Inmates are lined up while authorities search their cells during a security operation. President Nayib Bukele ordered the crackdown after over 20 people were murdered in El Salvador on Friday. Intelligence suggested the orders came from imprisoned gang leaders. (El Salvador President Press Office/AP)

April 24, 2020 | Istanbul | Suleymaniye Mosque Muezzin, Davut Avci, prays alone during the evening prayer in the closed mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

April 24, 2020 | Ross, California | Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes does a training run on Bald Hill. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

April 24, 2020 | Chongqing, China | A worker maintains 3D paintings at Longgang Scenic Area. (Liu Yang/VCG/Getty Images)

April 24, 2020 | Narragansett, Rhode Island | Mason Lambert, 5, looks up at the rain with during his daily outing with his mother and grandmother to one of the few open public parking areas by the sea. (David Goldman/AP)

April 23, 2020 | El Prat del Llobregat, Spain | Edurne Espona and her daughter, Eire, decorate the window of their home with red roses on Sant Jordi Day. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

April 22, 2020 | Hellam, Pennsylvania | Fred Haag, an associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York, shows students how to mix colors during his "Art 50: Introduction to Painting" course from a loft studio at his small farm. The spring class of 20 undergraduate students has been meeting remotely since March 16, when the whole Penn State system moved to remote and online classes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Matt Slocum/AP)

April 22, 2020 | La Marquesa, Mexico | A beer and snacks shop sits closed at La Marquesa National Park. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

April 22, 2020 | Lima, Peru | Estefano Godo, whose beauty salon has been forced to close, cuts the hair of client Alexander Placencia at his home due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

April 22, 2020 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | A ballet tutu hangs at a workshop of the Colon Theater. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)

April 22, 2020 | Barcelona | Siblings Maria Rosa (right) and Javier and Carina (center) attend the burial of their mother, Amparo Rumeu, at the Montjuic cemetery. Only three of the six siblings of the Rumeu family were allowed to attend the funeral of their mother due to restrictions imposed by the Spanish government. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

April 21, 2020 | Tokyo | A man stretches on the street at a Tokyo business district. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

April 20, 2020 | Columbus, Ohio | Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse to protest the stay at home order. (Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

April 20, 2020 | Sydney | A surfer paddles out at Maroubra beach. Coogee, Maroubra and Clovelly beaches in Randwick council reopened today for exercise only. Several beaches in Sydney's Eastern suburbs were closed March 28, after large crowds were seen gathering at Bondi Beach despite social distancing orders. (Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

April 20, 2020 | Prague | A woman pulls her children through downtown. The Czech government has begun partially easing lockdown measures. (Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)

April 19, 2020 | San Nicola la Strada, Italy | Alyn Valeriou trains with his 3-year old daughter Maria Cristina, outside his caravan at the Romina Orfei Circus. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

April 18, 2020 | Arlington, Virginia | Newly married couple Tyler and Caryn Suiters embrace following their marriage ceremony performed by Rev. Andrew Merrow in an otherwise empty St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Merrow and his wife Cameron Merrow were the only other attendees at the ceremony. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

April 17, 2020 | Barcelona | A man sleeps in the middle of an empty street. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

April 16, 2020 | Oakland, California | An animal keeper feeds a piece of fruit to a fruit bat during a behind the scenes interactive live stream from the Oakland Zoo. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

April 16, 2020 | Seville, Spain | A member of the Don Bosco Foundation delivers food from the Fraternitas Project, which serves vulnerable families in two of the poorest neighborhoods in Spain, Southern Industrial Park and Tres Mil Viviendas. (María José López/Europa Press/Getty Images)

April 16, 2020 | Barcelona | A worker applies varnish to a coffin at the Eurocoffin factory. The factory has tripled its daily production to cope with the increase in demand related to COVID-19 deaths. (Felipe Dana/AP)

April 15, 2020 | New Delhi | Bedding belonging to migrant laborers and homeless people lie scattered after an eviction on the banks of Yamuna River. (Altaf Qadri/AP)

April 15, 2020 | Rio de Janeiro | Leticia Machado, 31, sits at her home during a lockdown. (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

April 15, 2020 | Manila, Philippines | A fire engulfs houses in a slum. According to authorities, more than a hundred residents were rendered homeless after the fire razed the slum. (Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

April 14, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | President Trump departs after a COVID-19 press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Alex Brandon/AP)

April 14, 2020 | Santa Maria Jajalpa, Mexico | A woman poses with a 20 Jajalpesos bill. The town of around 6,500 inhabitants is the first to create its own currency to help low-income and elderly people face the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The town's delegates donated 50,000 Mexican pesos (2,125 U.S. dollars) and created new banknotes called "Jajalpesos," which were distributed among local residents. They can only be used in Santa Maria Jajalpa to boost the local economy. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

April 12, 2020 | Northampton, England | Claire Rogers reads the travel pages at her home. (David Rogers/Getty Images)

April 10, 2020 | Hong Kong | A person plays piano inside a Ming's Piano truck. In attempt to keep their business during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ming's Piano, a music school with 23 teachers and about 8000 students, has hired three trucks to deliver lessons at students' doorsteps. (Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)

April 10, 2020 | London | A woman walks through the Square Mile at sunrise. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

April 9, 2020 | Spain | A group of women who have suffered gender violence and have filed official complaints, live together with their children in a home. The government provides asylum homes for women who request it, enabling them to flee from their abusive partners. (Alvaro Calvo/Getty Images)

April 8, 2020 | Capel Curig, Wales | The Reverend Stuart Elliott is pictured during an Easter Eve service on the shore of Llyn Mymbyr. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Image

April 8, 2020 | Louth, Australia | A "super moon," partially obscured by clouds, is seen rising. Officially known as the perigee-syzygy Moon, the "super pink moon" is the largest full moon for 2020. (Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

April 7, 2020 | Ronda, Spain | Hats worn by penitents are pictured, as Holy Week processions were canceled during a national lockdown. (JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images

April 7, 2020 | Janesville, Wisconsin | Robert Forrestal wears a full face chemical shield as he votes at the Janesville Mall for the state's presidential primary election. (Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette/AP)

April 6, 2020 | Bangkok | Dogs rest in a crowded enclosure at Auntie Ju's shelter for stray dogs, where some 1,500 canines rescued from the streets around the Thai capital are being housed. Donations of food and money have dramatically decreased since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the dogs with little food to survive on. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

April 6, 2020 | Shanghai | People play basketball in a park as Shanghai reopens most of its outdoors public facilities. (Yves Dean/Getty Images)

April 6, 2020 | Istanbul | Teachers volunteer their time to help make surgical face masks amid the COVID-19 outbreak at a Vocational and Technical Anatolian School. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

April 6, 2020 | Jerusalem | The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the old city is deserted during a government enforced lockdown. (Guy Prives/Getty Images)

April 5, 2020 | Sydney | A deserted Manly Beach is seen following its closure. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

April 4, 2020 | Rio de Janeiro | A man exercises on Ipanema Beach. (Bruna Prado/Getty Images)

April 3, 2020 | Seoul | A woman wears a mask while reading a book at the Jogyesa Temple. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

April 2, 2020 | Belo Horizonte, Brazil | Mineirao Stadium is lit up in green, the color of hope, as a token of appreciation to all the professionals involved in the effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. (Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

April 2, 2020 | Innsbruck, Austria | An undertaker dressed in full protective clothing pushes a coffin carrying a deceased coronavirus victim into a mortuary van. (Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)

April 1, 2020 | Manila, Philippines | A homeless child and her mother rest inside a gymnasium converted into a shelter for the homeless who are unable to feed themselves and unable to work due to lockdown measures. (Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

April 1, 2020 | Istanbul | A woman walks down an empty street in the unusually quiet Eminonu district. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

April 1, 2020 | Los Angeles | Commuters rest while riding a Los Angeles Metro Rail train. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Share Schedules

Living in close quarters with roommates at any time can be tricky, so introducing stay-at-home orders can add even more stress to the mix.

Spending the bulk of your day in the common areas of your apartment will feel less confining than staying in your bedroom while you work, but be sure to let your roommate know if you’re going to make a phone call and need quiet. Similarly, give fair warning if you’re on a video conference so your roommate can move out of the background.

Emily Horner, an apparel designer in Chicago, lives with her boyfriend and two other roommates in a three-bedroom apartment operated by Common. In a statement provided to U.S. News by Common, Horner explained that the workday typically involves all roommates out in the common areas together.

“It can be tricky to respect each other’s space and need for quiet,” Horner says. “Communication is a huge part of our daily process so we can plan accordingly if one of us have an important meeting or will be on a video call.”

Take Breaks

While spending time together out in the living room or kitchen is important, so is getting a bit of time to yourself. “At the end of a long day, working and living alongside my roommates, I often feel the need to spend some time alone, in my room,” Horner says.

Be sure to take breaks to be by yourself each day, and encourage your roommates to do so as well.

[Read: Home Office Setup Ideas]

Be Mindful of Neighbors

Isolation can make you stir crazy and throw off your regular sleep schedule, but as a resident of an apartment building it’s important to be mindful of the neighbors who live on your floor, as well as those who live above and below you.

Keep the volume relatively low for movies, TV and music, especially if you’re doing any of these activities during peak work hours or in the middle of the night. Slippers and socks can help reduce the sound of your footsteps for downstairs neighbors, and if you are going to argue with your roommate, make sure the windows are closed.

If you’re not exhibiting any symptoms of illness and you know of residents in your building who may need help picking up necessary items, you can volunteer by letting your landlord know or simply posting a note in the hallway. When handling items for anyone, particularly those who may be at higher risk of complications if they contract COVID-19, be sure to wear a mask and gloves for your safety and theirs.


Hygge Decor Ideas for Your Home

Finding hygge in your home

Young woman reading book and drinking coffee on sofa in hygge house. Caucasian female relaxing in cozy living room and reading a book.

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The Danish term hygge doesn’t directly translate to a word in English, but it’s a popular concept throughout Scandinavian Europe. Often described as a cozy feeling that brings to mind comfort and finding joy in a moment, hygge can be a thing you do, a description of an event or an interior design style. “It’s kind of a system of contentment, from how you organize to how you see the world,” says Stephanie Pedersen, author of “American Cozy: Hygge-Inspired Ways to Create Comfort and Happiness.”

Beyond a trend

Beyond a trend

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Hygge has been on the radar of many Americans since 2016. While it might feel like a sensation that will quickly fade with other design trends, hygge evangelists disagree. After all, we’re always striving for comfort in our homes, and hygge is the feeling we hope to find when enjoying the company of our closest friends and family. Alexandra Gove, owner of Hygge Life, a blog and online store as well as a shop and cafe in Avon, Colorado, explains that hygge is something you seek to cultivate throughout your day, week and year, rather than something you can accomplish by purchasing a few items. “It’s not something cheap or commercial,” she says. There are classic elements of hygge that can help you get there, however. Read on for decor ideas to help you create hygge in your home.

Lighting

Lighting

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The right lighting is key to setting the mood for hygge and inspiring a cozy feeling. You don’t want harsh overhead lighting, but you do want enough light that you can enjoy a book or play a board game with friends in the living room. In “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living,” author Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, recommends lamps that produce a warm glow, creating “caves of light” throughout the home. While warm lighting is typically associated with older incandescent light bulbs, LED bulbs with a lower measurement on the Kelvin scale can achieve a similar look – 2700 K to 3500 K offers a warmer lighting option compared to daylight.

Candles

Candles

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Candles are considered key to creating hygge moments. While scented candles are popular in the U.S., consider unscented candles as well so you can light more at once without creating an overwhelming blend of smells. Once you’ve bought the candles, make sure to use them. “We hear from a lot of our customers that they have these cabinets full of candles, but they never light them, which is very contradictory to hygge,” Gove says. Candles don’t give off much heat, but their flames remind you of warmth, and they add to the overall atmosphere of calm and comfort in a room.

Fireplace

Fireplace

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If you’re looking to achieve hygge at home, don't neglect the fireplace if you have one. Wood-burning fireplaces help create an atmosphere with the natural smell of burning wood, but the warmth and atmospheric lighting of a gas-burning or electric fireplace can also do the job. Wiking notes that many Danes consider hygge the main reason to have a fireplace. While fireplaces in the U.S. are most often seen in older homes built when a fire helped heat the house, as much as 46% of new single-family houses sold in 2017 had at least one fireplace, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rugs

Rugs

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If you’re looking to make your home feel warm and cozy, it’s important to start from the ground up. Cover hard floors with rugs to encourage guests to take off their shoes, sit on the floor and relax. Pedersen stresses that it's not necessarily about finding the perfect area rug to tie a room’s color scheme together, but creating a more welcoming space. “Rugs read cozy – even the ugly ones,” she says. Layering rugs throughout your home is an excellent way to make it feel warmer as well. To help guests feel cozy and even more at home, Gove recommends placing a basket of slippers by the door.

Throw blankets

Throw blankets

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We all love curling up on the sofa under a blanket, and that’s a kind of hygge you should try to achieve. Keep soft throw blankets throughout the house to make them easy to grab. Gove recommends keeping baskets of blankets near spots where people like to cuddle up to help guests to feel at home. Soft materials aren’t just for the couch, though. Promote a similar feeling around the dinner table when you’re serving a meal to friends and family. Gove says to put “sheepskins on your dining chairs to make things more comfortable for a long dinner.”

Just a couple throw pillows

Just a couple throw pillows

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Throw pillows are often a given when it comes to decorating rooms in the U.S., but Pedersen says they’re not quite so plentiful in Europe. Especially if you find your pillows are taking up half the space on your couch, it’s far more comfortable to do away with the unnecessary cushions. “When you get rid of the throw pillows, or at least some of them, you make room for people on the sofa,” Pedersen says. After all, the focus of hygge is about achieving comfort with friends and family.

Items with a story

Items with a story

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You’re less likely to get a true hygge feeling at home if you rush out and buy all the softest items in one shopping spree. Gove stresses that it’s not about matching a hygge design style you see in a magazine, but finding soft materials you like, picking colors that make you feel good and decorating with flea market finds that have a fun story to go along with them. In “The Little Book of Hygge,” Wiking recommends waiting to buy big-ticket items, like chairs, until you’ve accomplished something, like getting a promotion and a raise. You may have the money saved already, but if you tie your purchase to a good experience, you'll remember that accomplishment whenever you sit in that chair.

Your good dishes

Your good dishes

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Instead of serving snacks or dinner on paper plates when you have people over, use your fine china and nice cocktail glasses. A casual gathering can still be a special event, after all. “We fully encourage that people use their nice things. You’re risking things breaking, yes, but you’re creating a special atmosphere with your family and friends,” Gove says. Rather than collecting dust, your nice dishes carry the memories of a fun evening that you’ll have in mind when you use them again.

Music

Music

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Plenty of people like putting on music at home to help set a mood, but for hygge, Pedersen stresses that you want calming music. “Mozart is going to have a different effect on you than electronic music,” Pedersen says. Even if you prefer other genres, classical is a good choice for background music that's not intrusive. That way, the music won't distract from the conversation. It can simply help set the mood, along with warm lighting, candles and blankets.

The right smells

The right smells

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You’ve got soft textures, pools of light throughout the room and music playing in the background. Next, stimulate your sense of smell by bringing in familiar scents. A wood-burning fireplace can do the trick, as well as a favorite scented candle or an evergreen tree around the holidays. An excellent way to achieve hygge with a personal touch is to cook comfort food, perhaps from a recipe that’s been passed down in your family, such as the tomato soup your grandmother used to make. This will give your guests something to taste as well as smell, Gove says. “Those are the things that create that perfect hygge feeling,” she says.

Close family and friends

Close family and friends

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A key aspect of hygge is to surround yourself with loved ones. Many hygge moments are best achieved when those loved ones are utilizing the blankets and slippers you’ve provided, eating food you’ve made and cozying up by the fire in the living room or playing a board game. Wiking recommends gathering a small group of people, maybe three or four total, for the best hygge moments to get that comfortable, casual feeling with those you feel closest to.

Hygge decor ideas for your home include:

Hygge decor ideas for your home include:

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  • Lighting.
  • Candles.
  • Fireplace.
  • Rugs.
  • Throw blankets.
  • Just a couple throw pillows.
  • Items with a story.
  • Your good dishes.
  • Music.
  • The right smells.
  • Close family and friends.

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Devon Thorsby is the Real Estate editor at U.S. News & World Report, where she writes consumer-focused articles about the homebuying and selling process, home improvement, tenant rights and the state of the housing market.

She has appeared in media interviews across the U.S. including National Public Radio, WTOP (Washington, D.C.) and KOH (Reno, Nevada) and various print publications, as well as having served on panels discussing real estate development, city planning policy and homebuilding.

Previously, she served as a researcher of commercial real estate transactions and information, and is currently a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Thorsby studied Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she also served as a news reporter and editor for the student newspaper The Michigan Daily. Follow her on Twitter or write to her at dthorsby@usnews.com.

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