As Delaware approaches Phase 2 of lifting restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer camps will be allowed to open, with restrictions.
Recreational camps must develop a written plan for enforcing social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and other basic public health precautions, but they will be permitted to open in accordance with state guidance effective with Phase 2, Gov. John Carney said. The plans should be available upon request by the Delaware Division of Public Health.
“As we continue to gradually reopen our economy, and get Delawareans back to work, it’s important that everyone remember that this virus has not gone away,” he said. “It’s up to all Delawareans and visitors to take basic health precautions to limit community spread of COVID-19. Act with a sense of community and protect others. Wear a face covering in public settings. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Maintain social distance – at least six feet – from anyone outside your household. Don’t let up.”
DPH strongly encourages camps and summer school programs to limit groups to 15 children, plus staff. Guidance on masks for youth is forthcoming. Children 2 years old and younger should not wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation, officials said.
If feasible, DPH also recommends conducting daily health checks - such as temperature screening or symptom checking of staff and students. Health checks should be conducted safely in accordance with privacy laws. Camps and summer school programs should consider special precautions to protect vulnerable staff members and children who are at higher risk for severe illness.