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NJ health department issues COVID-19 guidelines for summer youth camps

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 13:09:40-04

NEW JERSEY — As summer youth camps in New Jersey are allowed to resume operations in July, the state’s health department issued COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

“Summers for our children means being outdoors and engaging in activities with friends, and for many, day camps are an important part of their summer,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “These guidelines will help ensure the health and safety of our children, camp workers and the greater community from the infection and spread of COVID-19.”

Summer youth camps are allowed to operate beginning July 6.

All staff members and campers must wear cloth face coverings when social distancing between assigned groups can’t be maintained. Staffers are also advised to wear cloth masks while working unless it would inhibit their health, including if they are in extreme heat outdoors or in the water.

Daily health screenings for COVID-19 are expected upon entry for campers and staff. Camps, both indoor and outdoor, should also ensure that groups include the same children each day and the same staff remain with the same group to the maximum extent possible.

Residential and overnight camps are not permitted. Off-site activities, field trips and contact sports are not allowed.

Gov. Phil Murphy also announced Monday that summer camps with pools may be able to utilize them beginning July 6.

Youth day camps in the state are expected to help families who are in need of childcare services with an option in addition to traditional child care centers.