The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the operations of cities across the world. While disaster and resilience planning is nothing new to governments, there are typically historical events to inform the response to a disaster, be it a fire, flood or earthquake. This was not the case with COVID-19. Despite viral outbreaks that have plagued communities in decades past, the global scale and the upheaval of everyday life due to COVID-19 is without precedent. Pre-pandemic plans made by cities, businesses, educational facilities, transit agencies and other groups must be completely reconceived to add new attention to resilience — and this must be done quickly.