Looking back on a year of quarantine birthdays

March 12, 2021

Yeily Mendez

Celebrating a landmark birthday is one of the most quintessential life events one could have; but what happens when those plans are brought down by a pandemic?

The hustle to host was put indefinitely on hold on March 17, 2020, when San Francisco issued a stay-at-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19. Rae Sweet and Ali Siminson both recall birthday celebrations in the early quarantine, shortly after COVID-19 precautions were put into place.

A “quarantine birthday” balances the tradition of commemorating another lap around the sun with staying safe in self-isolation. Whether it’s buying a plant or ordering pastries to go, the end goal is to limit exposure with friends, family and strangers.

On the anniversary of the shelter-in-place order, Sweet and Siminson both express their mindset approaching celebrating a second birthday in quarantine.

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Yeily Mendez, Engagement Editor
Yeily Mendez (she/her) is a journalism student at SF State minoring in race and resistance studies and criminal justice. She is a Bay Area native and has previously worked as a staff reporter for Golden Gate Xpress and social media intern for The San Francisco Standard. Yeily is now the engagement editor for Golden Gate Xpress. In her free time, she loves to watch and talk about reality TV and anything pop culture-related.
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Sebastian Mino-Bucheli
Sebastian Miño-Bucheli is a photographer, videographer, and coffee enthusiast at the Golden Gate Xpress while majoring in Photojournalism and minoring in Latin American Studies. Previously a transfer student from Los Angeles Valley College, he’s now lived in San Francisco for three years but will always be a proud Angeleno (818 No Quema Cuh). Sebastian is an Ecuadorian-American who wants to focus more on his Latinx community to push representation.

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