The green light to open camps is a huge sigh of relief for many parents who have children who attend, or plan to attend, sleep away camps in New York State. Last summer sleep away camps did open successfully in other states but New York did not allow it. However, many day camps did open safely in New York last summer thanks to strict health and safety measures like masks, temperature checks, distancing, elimination of busing and pods/cohorts.
What's next? The Department of Health will issue specific reopening guidance, including details on timing, in the coming weeks.
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Something else to keep in mind is that the CDC says that indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces because it might be harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation indoors. So we can take comfort in choosing outdoor experiences over indoor ones for now.
What's next? The governor is requiring that all facilities submit reopening plans with health protocols to the local health department. Masks and social distancing will be required for all customers and staff, and customers will be required to have a health screening with temperature checks prior to entry.