Hello, keen readers of The Inquirer Morning Newsletter.

First: Here’s a detailed breakdown of the new COVID-19 vaccine and mask measures for Philadelphians.

Then: The pandemic has researchers taking a deeper look into grief.

And: A list of charges emerge following a federal crackdown on former SEPTA employees.

— Olayemi Falodun (morningnewsletter@inquirer.com)

Everything you need to know about Philly’s new COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements

Philly officials rolled out a new list of coronavirus restrictions, but how will they affect daily plans starting today?

The major new addition requires everyone to wear masks indoors and extends to all businesses and institutional centers without a vaccination mandate.

Scientists are also weighing how much impact the new mask mandate will have on curbing the spread of the virus.

Businesses across the city have expressed cooperation with the new requirements, but there remains concerns about timing, given the spike in delta variant cases.

Reporters Jillian Wilson and Oona Goodin-Smith lay out the details of the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

The pandemic made grief harder. Some may need help.

Losses in life are never easy, and the pandemic has further pushed grief to the forefront for many people — including a Philadelphia school counselor.

Alexis Washington’s job puts her in front of children learning how to cope with a world in flux due to a global health crisis, while dealing with the impact of remote learning and rising violence in the city.

In addition, she herself is still adjusting to life after losing her father on the same day George Floyd lost his life at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, sparking a summer of social unrest.

Reporter Stacey Burling looks into how what Washington — like others — is experiencing has experts curious on the compounding effect of grief amid the pandemic.

Reopening resources

What you need to know today

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“Requiring masks indoors and mandating vaccines for city employees are the rights steps. The city admirably strived for nuance with these restrictions, but the ‘if this, then that’ approach on masks could create confusing and new problems, especially for parents,” writes The Inquirer Editorial Board, which is independent of the newsroom, about the city’s new coronavirus restrictions.

  • The hostility toward transgender athletes is being shown on the field as state lawmakers mull legislation related to transgender people participating in sports, writes Brittney Miller, a transgender athlete, and Sara Steinman, a director of wellness, athletics and recreation at Delaware County Community College. The two detail their recent experiences as teammates in the City of Brotherly Love Softball League.

  • The popular Diner en Blanc is back for 2021, but columnist Jenice Armstrong, who attended the last in-person in 2019, explains why this year’s planned event will have to go on without her.

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