CDC Releases Summer Camp Guidance For In-Person Operations : Coronavirus Updates

Biden Administration to Relax Outdoor Mask Guidelines

The CDC now recommends that fully vaccinated people still wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance when in public or gathering with people from more than one other household who have not received the vaccine, and when visiting with an unvaccinated person who is considered high risk of severe illness or who lives with a person at such risk.

We've been advised to wear masks for more than a year now.

Fauci also concedes that the risk of contracting COVID-19 while engaged in outdoor activities is "minuscule". Obviously, you're not want to be wearing a mask when you jump in the water.

While fewer children have gotten sick with COVID-19 than adults, the CDC explains, they can still get infected and spread the virus to others. Masks should not be worn while eating, drinking or swimming, the guidance notes.

Throughout camps, children and staff members should be screen for coronavirus symptoms in an effort to limit transmission, according to the CDC, and tests should be conducted if there is significant community transmission in the area - though the agency does not delineate a threshold when that should occur.

On buses used for transportation, the CDC guidance said protocols to keep physical distance between campers should be put into place, such as seating children one-per-row.

At this time, CDC advises that sports and athletic activities be played outdoors while wearing a mask, and that campers should avoid playing close contact or indoor sports.

Campers outside of a cohort should always maintain at least six feet of distance, the CDC guidance said, and that same distance should be maintained between campers and staff.

"Cohorts should have the same staff stay with the same group of campers and remain together as much as possible", the guidance reads. They should also teach and reinforce hygiene practices such as frequent hand-washing and limiting sharing of objects.

The guidance discourages close-contact and indoor sports, noting the increased risk of spreading COVID-19 in those situations.

It also suggests modifying a number of activities and traditions for safety's sake, such as avoiding group activities where distance can not be maintained, limiting nonessential visits from other individuals and organizations, and performing activities such as singing and chanting outdoors only.

Several sections of the guidance discuss communication strategies, such as signage and announcements for campers and outreach to their families.

And after camp, staffers and campers who aren't fully vaccinated should get tested three to five days after traveling home, and self-quarantine for seven days after travel.

The updated guidance also emphasizes that camp activities should take place outside as much as possible.

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