Arizona Summer Camps Are Open, But With Safety Guidelines In Place

By Harry Croton
Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 5:17pm
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Most schools in the Valley have officially wrapped up until the fall, meaning dozens of summer camps are set to open for the next few months.

However, public health officials have laid out specific safety guidelines that camps will need to follow.

The rules will apply to both day and overnight summer camps, although officials say sleep-away camps will present less risk since they’re generally more isolated.

Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine urges campers to keep six feet away from others at all times, wear face masks, stay outside and even use a waterproof protection barrier whenever possible to prevent the spread of droplets from the nose and mouth.

Camp groups must be limited to 10 people or fewer, and counselors and staff will be required to check for symptoms periodically.

"The number one thing is it's important to screen all campers and staff every day before going to camp for fever and symptoms of COVID-19," Sunenshine said. "Anyone with symptoms should absolutely be sent home.”

Sunenshine adds that it’s best for parents to consult their health care provider before deciding to send their kids to camp this summer.

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