It has been a chilly unofficial start to summer at the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend, with rain and clouds helping to keep beaches less crowded than they otherwise might have been, even with social-distancing guidelines in place.
This weekend signaled the unofficial opening of the summer season at the Jersey Shore. But it was unlike Memorial Day weekends past.
“It’s a whole new world,” one Ventnor ice cream seller said.
The coronavirus pandemic has driven millions of white-collar office employees back home for work. And it could be that way for a while. But the new setup has come with positives and downsides, according to interviews with more than two dozen people who are adjusting to their at-home work lives.
Some coronavirus-related restrictions will start to loosen in the Philadelphia region June 5. Here’s what is allowed to be open in that “yellow” phase.
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“Today, we are engaged in a time of struggle and sacrifice against a microscopic invader that has cornered much of our great nation and afflicted almost every community, forcing us to set aside many of our usual leisurely pursuits.” — write Daniel M. DiLella, the president and CEO of Equus Partners and chairman of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, and Ronald S. Coleman, a retired lieutenant general of the U.S. Marine Corps about how we can honor Memorial Day in the face of COVID-19.
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Today, we’re looking at something we call service journalism, which includes Curious Philly. This is a project that has us answering your questions directly.
Here’s how service features editor Megan Griffith-Greene described it:
“The stories we do are all about you: What the news means for the choices you make every day. In the middle of a pandemic, that means how to avoid getting sick and how to make sense of all the rules we have for everything now. We cover everything from how to wear a face mask with glasses, to whether you can hang out with a friend outside to what you need to think about before you go to the beach. The questions come from readers, and in the end, our stories are about how to live better in this strange time, make smarter decisions, and stay healthy.”
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