Everything You Need to Know About Safe Summer Fun as New York Reopens
We answered your questions about safely having fun this summer with your family despite coronavirus.
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- Governor Cuomo announced that day camps throughout New York State can open on June 29. The American Camp Association, Y-USA, and CDC released these guidelines for summer camps amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what you need to know.
When can I get a haircut in New York and how do I do it safely?
- Hair salons and barbershops are part of Phase Two of reopening in New York State, which is set to begin on June 9 in Westchester and June 10 on Long Island. Here's how hair salons will keep you safe and precautions you can take to get a haircut during coronavirus.
Can my kids play sports?
- Governor Cuomo announced that "low risk" sports can return on July 6. Here's what that means and how you can keep your kids safe while playing.
Can my family and friends meet my newborn?
- Coronavirus is still a very real concern, especially in New York. We spoke with three doctors for advice on introducing your newborn to your family and friends right now.
How will child care centers keep my kids safe when they reopen?
When deciding whether to send your children to a day care, ultimately it comes down to what’s right for your family. These are the guidelines child care centers are following as they reopen in New York and ways parents can help keep their kids safe from the coronavirus as they send them back to daycare.
Can I ride public transportation?
- While the best way to stay safe is to avoid subways, buses, and trains as much as possible, here are safety precautions you can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus if you need to ride NYC public transportation.
Can we visit the grandparents during Coronavirus?
- Wendy Proskin, M.D., of Westmed Medical Group says the best thing you can do is not see your older parents right now—that’s the only thing that will truly keep them safe. However, she understands that you miss them so if you do take the risk, maintain six feet distance and wear masks for the entirety of the visit. If you plan to spend the whole day together, have your entire family quarantine (real, true quarantine) for two weeks prior to visiting. Don't let grandparents hold newborns and ideally you should be outside during the visit. For 100% safety, Zoom and FaceTime can be fun 'visits' in their own ways.
How do I reassure my kids that it's safe to go out?
- Everyday activities are slowly starting to come back this summer. Here's how to talk to your kids who are anxious or nervous to return to the "real world" after quarantining for so long.
How do I keep my toddler safe if she isn't supposed to wear a mask?
- According to the CDC, children ages 2 and younger should not wear a mask. Here's how you can protect your toddler from the coronavirus and ensure she is still meeting all milestones while socially distancing.
Can I breastfeed if I have coronavirus?
- The short answer is yes, and experts do not believe that coronavirus can pass through breast milk. Read more about breastfeeding during coronavirus here.
Can I go on a trip during coronavirus?
- Now is not the best time to fly with your family and it may not be an ideal time to take public transportation either. Here are some ideas for family day trips you can take during the pandemic (as long as you're careful). If you're driving somewhere, renting a car may be the safest option.
What are some fun things I can do with my kids this summer?