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Lifting the Family from Lockdown

As the state enters Phase 2 of its reopening plan, and restrictions lift on social distancing efforts, you might be ready to hit the beach, hit the road or organize some playdates for the kids to see their friends again. Or maybe not. The most important thing to remember is to trust your gut and choose what’s best for your family. 

If you have older relatives whom you’d like to keep safe, maybe don’t invite grandma to dinner just yet. But if your best family friends (who’ve been able to stay at home with the same level of distancing as your family) ask you over for a backyard get together with the kids, you might be ready. 

It’s going to be a rough navigation for each family as the summer unfolds. Don’t succumb to peer pressure if you’re not ready to head out with the kids in tow. Instead, as you feel out the world while it’s reopening, stay up to date on the most recent guidelines from your county and Maryland officials, and keep an eye on the CDC recommendations for any changes.

Here are some ways to look at some summer activities and the risk risk factors associated with them. In all situations, still use caution, stay home if you don’t feel well, and wear a mask when you can.

Lower Risk Activities
Beaches—If you can stay six feet away from other beach-goers, the beach is a pretty safe bet!
Small outdoor gatherings—By bringing your own food and drinks, and keeping your distance, a backyard or driveway party is a relatively low-risk activity.
Camping—A great activity for summer; state parks and campgrounds are open.
Hiking and biking—Both are perfect for staying away from crowds and enjoying the outdoors.

Medium Risk Activities
Restaurant dining—Sitting outside is best. Choose restaurants that are using safe practices set by the CDC.
Shopping—Heading back to your favorite local places is safe if the store is practicing customer limits, good cleaning protocols, and insisting customers wear masks and stay six feet apart.

What about Camp?
Camps are working hard to minimize group sizes, get sanitation processes in order and ensure the safety of kids and staff this summer in accordance with CDC and state guidelines. They are very much allowed to open as long as they can adhere to the state and CDC guidelines. See our list here of who is open, who is offering online options, and who has decided to cancel for the summer.

You’ll need masks for everyone over age 9; ages 2 to 9 are optional; kids under 2 should not wear masks.
Keep 6 feet away from others when you can.
Bring hand sanitizer and/or wipes with you.
Remind kids to use the bathroom before you go out.

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