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CDC: Masks Should Be Worn At Summer Camp

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Centers for Disease Control just issued guidelines for summer camps to operate this year, and among those guidelines: masks.

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While the major area day camps — American Heritage, Pine Tree, St. Andrews and Eagles Landing and the Night Owls — are still crafting plans, this is the guidance just issued as of April 26, 2021. (The bold face is direct from the CDC, not an editorial statement).

FROM THE CDC:

Masks

Masks protect the wearer and those around them. Require all campers, staff, and visitors to use well-fitting masks with proper filtration consistently and correctly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets. All people in camp facilities should wear masks at all times with exceptions for certain people, or for certain settings or activities, such as while eating and drinking or swimming. Campers and staff can use well-fitting cloth masks with two or more layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric or disposable masks. N95 respirators or other personal protective equipment intended for healthcare workers should be worn only by camp medical staff when appropriate.

  • Develop mask policies for all campers and staff that set the expectation that people will use masks throughout camp. This includes campers in the same small group or cohort.
  • Teach and reinforce consistent and correct use of masks. Staff and campers should wear masks over the nose and mouth, especially when physical distancing is difficult (whether activities are indoors or outdoors). Camp administrators should provide information to staff and campers on proper use, removal, and washing of masks.
    • Masks should not be placed on
      • Anyone younger than 2 years old
      • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious
      • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without help
  • Store masks properly and wash them regularly to keep them clean. Staff and campers should have more than one mask on hand each day so they can easily replace a dirty mask with a clean one. Make sure to remove masks correctly and wash hands after touching a mask while wearing it or when removing a mask. Store your mask somewhere safe to keep it clean, such as your pocket or backpack. When reusing a mask after a break, keep the same side facing out. For more information on washing masks, visit How to Store and Wash Masks.
  • Do not wear a mask when doing activities that could get your mask wet, like swimming at the beach or pool. A wet mask can make it difficult to breathe and might not work.
  • CDC’s guidance on wearing masks includes adaptations and alternatives for various activities.
  • Additional guidance on wearing masks at overnight camps is provided in the Additional Guidance for Overnight Camps section of this web page.

Guidance could change over the next several weeks. While several camps closed last summer, Eagles Landing and the Night Owls opened and faced several complaints over violating COVID protocols. The camp, at North Broward Prep, is under new ownership this summer.

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