(REUTERS/WTNH) — As schools wind down, summer camps are ramping up and the is CDC weighing in with guidelines to keep everybody safe.
The CDC’s updated recommendations for camps, issued on Saturday, have been eagerly awaited by parents as the end of the school year approaches.
Children attending summer camp can get within three feet of each other but should wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to fresh guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency said its camp guidance aligns with its evidence for social distancing at schools, with at least three feet between children – and at least six feet when eating and drinking. Camp counselors and other adults should stay at least six feet from children and each other, the CDC said.
“They are ready to rock ‘n’ roll, to have a safe camp summer in a big bubble,” Camp Specialist Stacy Fleischman told News 8.
Fleischman helps parents find the right camp for their children. She says the CDC recommends masking for all at the camp unless swimming eating or napping. For overnight camps, they are not going to be mixing students from nearby camps.
Fleischman said, “My children are going to sleep away camp for the first time, and I am so excited and I trust the camps completely. What some of them have done is said ‘we are not going to be doing inner camp,’ which is sports against other camps.”
Summer camp activities should be held outdoors as much as possible, and if indoors, doors and windows should be left open when possible, the CDC said. Group events and large gatherings should be avoided, it added.
For overnight camps, many places will be limiting visitors and campers will have to be tested two weeks before they get on the bus or arrive at camp.
“Once they have been cleared and the tests have been done, they are going to open the camp up to each other and workers,” Fleischman said. “The numbers are going to be very small at first, that is how they are going to be able to handle this by that and by testing.”
Governor Ned Lamont says it is so important to get the camps open that they are going to be offering some subsidiaries and free camps to some people because they say the camps are what’s going to help people get through the summer.
Governor Lamont said, “These camps are key to getting our kids back in the game, soon after the July 4 break. Outdoors their socializing there is a little educational component there is a playful component.”
COVID-19 vaccinations have ramped up across the country, but younger children are not currently authorized for the three shots approved in the United States. Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for use starting at age 16, with approval now being sought for children ages 12 to 15. Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson are studying their vaccines in children.
The CDC said that while fewer children have gotten sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, they still can be infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others and sometimes can have severe outcomes themselves.
The rules and regulations might change a little bit. There is a big announcement expected from the CDC and the Biden administration tomorrow, they are expecting to change the regulations on mask-wearing outdoors, we will have to see how that fits into the camps over the summer.