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Thursday, May 23, 2024

CDC Releases Guidance For Summer Camps

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NATIONWIDE — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released comprehensive guidance for summer camps and how they should continue to operate while COVID-19 numbers steadily drop around the country.

The study, which was released on May 28, cited the importance of summer camps on child development and that the purpose for the guidance was to advise both day and overnight camps on how to get back to relatively normal operations, safely.

“This interim guidance is intended to help camp administrators operate camps while slowing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 thereby protecting campers, their families, staff, and communities,” the study read.

In keeping with guidance released earlier in May, the CDC said that masks were not necessary for staff and campers who were fully vaccinated, which is either two weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks following the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The study goes as far as to say that camps that have a 100 percent vaccination rate for campers and staff, could proceed without the necessity of either wearing face coverings or having to social distance.

At camps where not all of the children are vaccinated, most outdoor activities can still be done without masks. For children who have not yet had the shot or are ineligible to do so, masks and social distancing are still encouraged in-doors and outdoors during any activity that involves sustained close contact with other people who are unvaccinated.

To read the CDC guidance for summer camps, click here.

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