Messages have appeared on storefronts and the windows of entryway doors. Roadside signs glow near streets, posters scrawled with sharpie. Essential businesses such as restaurants say they are open for takeout to remind people of the community they are still open. These notes tell us the story about the cities and towns of Yakima County that have been coated in words, from AutoSpa “Yes We Are Open and You Don’t Even Need to Talk to Us” to the yellow footprints guiding customers to Wells Fargo in order to follow social distancing guidelines. They are practical instructions for a new era for a society living in a pandemic.