*The above picture was taken during Community Day 2019
In late June, it will have been a full three months since Governor Larry Hogan initially announced the Maryland shelter in place order. A lot has changed over the last three months, and we’re happy to be approaching stage two of reopening. Despite the fact that it feels like the virus has been part of our daily lives for a while now, there are still some misconceptions surrounding it. Each of these tips are backed by key government sources to provide the most accurate information available.
- Wear Masks! This one may seem a bit obvious, but it is definitely worth bringing up as wearing a face covering is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus. If your child is above the age of two, be sure to provide them a face covering to wear when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Don’t have a mask yet? Check out this CDC tutorial for making your own!
- Stay active. Staying active is a great way to preserve your physical health and your mental health. While exercise can’t guarantee that you won’t become sick if you’re exposed to a virus, there are definitely strong links between physical activity and a strengthened immune system. Plus, it’s the perfect time of year for outdoor fun. As a bonus, the sun’s rays are a great source of vitamin D, which has been linked to strengthened immune systems as well, just make sure to wear sunscreen! Indoor stretch breaks or dance breaks throughout the day can also boost your immune system and help your child stay healthy and focused.
- Emphasize Proper Hand Washing. Even if you’re making fewer trips outside of your home, washing hands frequently and properly is something everyone should be doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after being in public, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. When soap and water are not available, make sure you use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
The Latest Update from the Mayor
Due to the larger population per capita, Baltimore City has lagged a little bit behind the rest of the state during reopening. However, on Friday, June 12, Mayor Jack Young announced that non-essential retail stores may now open their doors at 50% capacity. The mayor also announced that the city will remain in stage 1 of reopening until further notice. The next update from the mayor regarding reopening will be delivered Friday, June 19th. For the most accurate and timely updates regarding reopening, we recommend frequently checking Mayor Young’s Twitter profile.
Get Moving Amidst COVID-19
MissionFit is dedicated to strengthening Baltimore youth through classes and an open gym. It’s our goal to encourage positive traits, like respect and teamwork, and provide children with a place to gain self-confidence and enjoy some exercise. To learn more about our classes or donate to support our mission, visit our website. Want to Support? We’re making health a possibility and a priority for Baltimore’s youth. If you want to support us, here are three easy ways to do so:
- Donate here!
- Amazon Wishlist– buy something specific that will make it easier for youth to achieve their health goals.
- You can put your online shopping to good use by donating a percentage of your purchase with AmazonSmile! To get started, sign in here, search for “MissionFit” and select us as your charity of choice.