Five Things for Today: June 22, 2020

Beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park

1. DC begins Phase 2 of reopening today. This means playgrounds and fields will reopen, restaurants and stores can operate at 50% indoor capacity, summer camps can begin (with restrictions), gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, and gyms can reopen. Get more details in this Washingtonian article.

2. I’ve been holding off on recommending an outing to Calvert Cliffs State Park, because the beach area was closed for awhile, and when it finally opened, the park was reaching capacity quickly, so some visitors had to be turned away. But now that more places are reopening, that hopefully that won’t happen quite as much. We enjoyed a great day there yesterday for Father’s Day, despite not finding a single shark tooth. (We usually don’t find a lot there, but had never before gone home totally empty-handed.) It’s a two-mile hike to the beach, but a lovely one — on the edge of woods and marshland — and flat and mellow, so little ones can tackle it. Entry to the park is $8/vehicle, and it’s open sunrise to sunset. (Note: If the park is full, and you can’t get in, head a few minutes down the road to Annmarie Sculpture Garden to see the fairy houses and play in the delightful Fairy Lolly.)

3. Nat Geo on how to keep kids safe as places reopen.

4. Justice in June, a website that began as a Google doc created by two friends, has detailed suggestions on how to be a better ally to the black community with suggested plans and resources that take just 10, 25, or 45 minutes a day to do or read.

5. Beyonce’s Black Parade and her directory of Black owned businesses.

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