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.

But the rain and clouds that came through the region might have done a better job than health authorities at holding down crowds and maintaining social-distancing guidelines. The water, itself, was chilly, too. Here’s what the Shore looked like this weekend.

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.

What about for kids? Will camps be open? Can your kids play with others? How about playing team sports? Here’s what we know.

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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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The oxygen hoods, like the one you see in the picture above, are kind of like mini-hyperbaric chambers that pump oxygen into disease-compromised lungs and filter out contaminants. They don’t leak, they’re inexpensive, and they can be reused to protect hospital staff from the breath of patients.