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Business Unusual on the Playground

The following “Business Unusual” account is part of our new initiative, Collecting in Quarantine. With current mandates for all non-essential businesses to close, business is anything but usual in Maryland. In the Business Unusual series, MdHS is asking business employees, owners, customers, passers-by and neighborhood residents to visually share their experiences during the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday, April 27, 2020 – On this day, Christine M. Layton from Baltimore shared the photo below:

On May 6, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced that all public schools will remained closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. While online and distance learning will continue, school playgrounds, like the one pictured below, will stand empty for the foreseeable future.

Playground with closed sign
Photo courtesy of Christine M. Layton

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