Summer Camps in NY Can Open—and These are the Safety Guidelines
These guidelines are being reviewed by camps, families, and state and local governments.
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- Prescreening of campers and staff before camp
- Ongoing screening throughout summer
- Increased hand washing and sanitizing
- Fewer children in bunks at overnight camps
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces daily throughout facilities
- Holding activities outside as often as possible
- Organizing campers into small group “households” with limited mixing of groups
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Summer Camp Safety Guidelines
The CDC also released guidelines this week on how camps can operate during the coronavirus pandemic with some similar recommendations as the resources released by ACA and Y-USA. Camps should:
- Educate campers, staff, and their families on when they should stay home from camp
- Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water
- Keep small groups of campers together all day (cohorting)
- Have campers bring their own lunch and sit in separate areas as opposed to a dining hall
- Stagger arrival and dismissal times by cohort
- Avoid field trips and large camp group gatherings
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment