CDC updates guidelines regarding summer camps amid coronavirus

Kids hoping to return to summer camp this summer can probably do so - they just have to follow recent guidelines from the CDC.

According to the New York Times, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released new guidelines regarding summer camps just as they're gearing up to start again in mid-May amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In group settings, children are allowed to remain at least 3 feet apart from each other while wearing masks at all times. That said, kids are allowed to remove their masks when they're swimming, napping, eating, or drinking.

For the CDC, the mask rule seems to be the most prominent, as they've bolded the line in their guidance that reads, "All people in camp facilities should wear masks at all times, with exceptions for certain people, or for certain settings or activities, such as while eating and drinking or swimming"

Additionally, kids should be spread 6 feet apart for meals, snacks, and water breaks.

Summer camps are being advised to host many of their activities outdoors where the rate of infection is significantly lower than the alternative. Indoor spaces must be well-ventilated with the windows kept open.

Typical summer camp activities - like singing, chanting, shouting, or playing instruments - must be conducted outside as well.

The CDC advises that kids not share their belongings. One way to mitigate this is by providing a labeled cubby for each camper, allowing them to keep their belongings separate at all times.

Then, there's the issue of overnight camps, which come with their own guidance. Eligible staff, volunteers, campers, and family members are advised to be fully vaccinated two weeks before traveling to these types of camps.

Those who are not vaccinated prior to the camp's start must quarantine for two weeks leading up to events and provide a negative COVID test.

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