Tag: Playgrounds

Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits on State Aid to Religious Schools

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states may not exclude religious schools from programs that provide scholarships to students attending private schools. The decision was the latest in a series of Supreme Court rulings interpreting the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion to bar the government from treating religious groups differently […]

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Public Spaces Weren’t Designed for Pandemics. N.Y.C. Is Trying to Adapt.

A sweeping red-glass staircase in the heart of Times Square that is a magnet for selfie-snapping tourists has been barricaded off. There are calls for one-way sidewalks on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where the concrete is too narrow to keep people six feet apart. Tables for two and potted trees may soon replace […]

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As Playgrounds Start to Reopen, Here’s How to Keep Kids Safe

The playground padlocks are starting to come off. Now that all 50 states have begun to reopen, children in some areas are once again zipping down slides and swinging from monkey bars after months of waiting. A handful of states, including Massachusetts, Colorado, Ohio and Iowa, announced in June that playgrounds could start reopening, though […]

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New York City Doesn’t Have to Suffer This Summer

New Yorkers are entering the summer season with no access to the traditional cooling infrastructure — the cold water found in playground sprinklers, public pools, and beaches — which Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared off-limits because of concerns about the coronavirus and the budget. Millions of residents will find themselves on an unpleasant — […]

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Cooped-Up Children Lose Refuge as N.Y.C. Playgrounds Are Closed

All New York City’s playgrounds were ordered shut on Wednesday to slow the spread of the coronavirus — a move that led to scenes of crying children shaking locked gates, even as other parkgoers called the measure long overdue. The announcement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo followed calls from public-health experts and many City Council […]

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Wondering About Social Distancing?

On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against any gatherings of 50 or more people over the next eight weeks, in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Many public schools, libraries, universities, places of worship, and sporting and cultural institutions have also shut down for at least the next few weeks. […]

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