Summer camps are once again allowed after the state released guidelines last week for camp officials to follow.
Under state guidelines, camps must follow physical distancing and outdoor camps will be able to hold 25 children, at max. Indoor camps can only hold 10 children while camp employees will be required to wear masks. Those who attend the camps will also be encouraged to wear masks when being taken to and back from a camp.
“Colorado kids will be able to enjoy day camps and youth sports camps this summer in as safe a manner as possible. The risk, though less, is still very real, and it’s up to families to make the best decision that works for them,” said Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in a statement. “We also appreciate the critical role that day camps, along with daycare, which has already been operating in as safe a manner as reasonably possible, play in supporting working parents.”
Centura Health, which owns 17 hospitals in Colorado and Kansas called for parents to do their homework and ask camp leadership about what precautions they are taking to limit the spread of COVID-19.
It offered the following questions for parents to ask in a release:
How will proper hand hygiene be encouraged?
How will children and caregivers be screened each day?
What will be the ratio of caregiver/counselors to children?
What types of social distancing measures will be observed?
Will it be necessary for staff or older children to wear facemasks?
How will parent drop-off and pick-up be handled?
How will toys and surfaces be disinfected?
What is their plan if someone becomes sick?
“We continue to learn and adjust over time, so as families make a decision, they should consider what we know about COVID-19 at this point. Adults make up the most of the known cases and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children do not appear to be at a higher risk for COVID-19 than adults,” said Dr. Stephen Cobb, Denver metro group vice president and physician executive at Centura Health.
Centura Health is encouraging parents to teach their children how to properly clean and sanitize their hands. Additionally, Centura Health says children should stay at home if they are not feeling well.
“Acknowledging some risk, families may not have the option to have a child stay home and should not feel guilty if camp is the best choice for them. Instead, parents should focus on what they can control to keep their family healthy during this time,” said Cobb.
“A final note is to be prepared with a backup plan if your summer camp needs to close again. We have to be fluid, but not fearful,” Cobb added. “During a pandemic, plans sometimes change.”