Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 500 words, a 2-minute read.
A theater worker dismantles the sign at Bow Tie Cinemas in Reston, Virginia. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Brace yourselves for one of the toughest weeks in recent American history.
Why it matters: This is all the tougher because the hardships are intentional results of attempting to prevent a much greater calamity, Justin writes.
The big picture: It's going to keep getting worse for a while, even if the government and private citizens do everything right.
The bottom line: This will hit harder with local operations than big national firms.
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A view of Miami's South Beach you rarely see after city officials closed an area popular with spring breakers.
Photos clockwise from top left: AP, AP, Getty Images, AP
For the rest of this week in PM, we'll be focusing this item on ways ordinary readers can help those who are hurting because of the coronavirus outbreak. Today's comes via a hat tip from Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva.
Bay Area Good Samaritans are cooking up a great idea on how to help medical staff as well as the suffering restaurant industry:
Bonus: Axios' Dan Primack asked his Pro Rata newsletter readers to help build a joke book for our kids to read, as we try to balance working from home with child care/makeshift school.