Washington, D.C. and its suburbs are some of the last areas in the country still under stay-at-home orders.

Officials in Montgomery County, Md., and Northern Virginia have said re-opening of nonessential businesses may finally begin at the end of this week.

In Silver Spring, Md., photographer Lisa Helfert started capturing the responses of small business owners in the Longbranch neighborhood at the early stages of the pandemic, and has stayed in touch as the months went on.

She has been sharing the photographs on her personal social media — and was thrilled when her neighbors responded by shopping at the local establishments. “I want my community to stay intact, and in order for that to happen, these businesses have to be there,” she said.

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