Access to parks and recreation areas for leisure time physical activity and mental health is rapidly evolving. The Center for Disease Control released updated guidelines for visitors and administrators to prevent and support social distancing and safe, clean facilities. Submitted by Ingrid Schneider, University of Minnesota (


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The lack of running water and electricity in many homes of Indian country are among the reasons cited for the higher death toll among Native Americans. The pandemic brought to the foreground the impact of disparities in communities of color and the urgency to find ways to eliminate health, income, and educational inequities.

Portland is embarking on the “Slow Streets|Safe Streets Initiative,” which aims to ease social distancing, accommodate more pedestrians and bikers, and make Portland’s eventual re-opening smoother. Three components are of importance: eliminating or slowing car traffic, expanding protected pedestrian spaces and bike lanes on busy streets, and creating dedicated pick-up spots and loading zones on commercial streets. Submitted by Ingrid Schneider, University of Minnesota (

As NYC restaurants struggle to find ways to operate during the lockdown, sidewalks come to the rescue. These marked “boxes” are for customers and delivery people to wait for takeout food. Submitted by Jennifer Adler, City University of New York (


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Funeral homes can be overwhelmed with bodies waiting to be cremated. Storing them in trucks can be problematic as trucks have to be refrigerated to avoid infection prevention and control precautions.

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Air ventilation, temperature control, lighting, and noise are now more important than ever in workplaces environments. According to John Macomber, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, security will also take additional dimensions, monitoring not just through metal detectors but also infrared scanners at building entrances which will take visitors’ temperatures. See also here.