Pools? Movies? Restaurants? How parents can give kids a safe summer

Public health experts weigh in on how to navigate summertime activities for children.

Kristy Cruz and her husband just broke the news to the younger of their three children—16, 12, and 10—that a large family gathering planned for the Florida Keys wouldn’t be happening after all. Between questions over how well the destination facilities could be kept clean, to concerns for older family members’ health, Cruz says it just seemed more prudent to stay closer to home.

“We’re military, so they were upset about not getting to see their extended family and cousins, and they had so many questions about what we would get to do this summer,” says Cruz, who lives in Maryland. “We told them that we’d still try to go out and eat and do a lot of outdoor things—go to

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