COVID guidelines updated for child care and summer camp


In this Thursday, June 4, 2020 photo, cabins awaits campers at the Camp Winnebago summer camp in Fayette, Maine. The boys camp is going ahead with plans to open with a reduction in the number of campers and other changes to comply with guidelines for helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many of the nation’s 15,000-plus summer camps opting to close because of health concerns surrounding the pandemic, or because of delays in receiving rules or guidelines from licensing officials. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Updated health and safety guidelines for childcare, day camp, and overnight camp programs were announced Wednesday and will begin May 19. The updated measures include protocols for COVID-19 testing, physical distancing, and sanitation, as well as other requirements in order to prevent COVID-19 cases.

The Department of Health will reportedly continue to keep an eye on and evaluate health data for child care facilities and camp programs and, if necessary, will issue additional guidance.

According to the announcement, facilities and programs have to collect COVID-19 vaccination status and documentation for all staff and children, as well as mandatory daily health screenings of staff and visitors, including temperature checks.

The facilities and programs also have to notify the state and local health department right away of a positive COVID-19 test result from either a staff member or a child at a site.

Capacity limitations for children and campers must also be put in place in order to maintain social distancing, and staff who are not fully vaccinated have to continue to adhere to the six-foot distance rule when around other unvaccinated staff members.

Children and campers over the age of two, as well as staff who aren’t fully vaccinated, have to wear a mask except when eating, drinking, showering, swimming, or sleeping since they are proven to be effective when social distancing cannot be maintained. Facilities must provide face masks and use them when it comes to those that are unvaccinated.

Additional hygiene, cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health also have to be followed for everyone’s safety and wellbeing.

For more information on full guidance for facilities and programs, go online to the state’s website.

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