BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The majority of major Boca Raton-area summer camps plan to impement a mask requirement for campers and counselors for at least some of the summer’s activities.
Major area summer camps American Heritage, Pinetree Camps, and St. Andrews are all requiring masks to be worn for indoor activities. All camps affiliated with Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County School District are also implementing indoor mask mandates. However, masks are largely not required for activities that take place outside. The exception: carline and areas where social distancing will not be possible.
On its website, Pinetree Camp, which operates a day and overnight experience at Lynn University, answers the “Will maks be required?” question this way:
“Yes. Facial coverings must cover the nose and mouth and are required; indoors, except when eating or for overnight campers and staff in their own dorm rooms; and outside when social distancing is not possible transitioning to/from vehicles at pick-up and drop-off.”
The policies tend to be in sync with current CDC guidance. Any change to to CDC guidance could result in a change to camp rules.
Most area camps were closed last summer as COVID ravaged the region. One exception: Eagles Landing and the Nightowls, a day and overnight camp that operates at North Broward Prep in nearby Coconut Creek. The camp is now being sued by staffers who say the camp operated unsafely. Broward County recorded several violations at the camp.
The camp’s now former owner contracted COVID just days before the camp abruptly closed early for the summer.
With just three weeks left of the 2020-2021 school year in Palm Beach County, the pediatric positivity rate is hovering at 14.5 percent. While down from the high of 14.7 percent, it’s an exceptionally high number. The rate represents Palm Beach County residents 18 and under. The overall positivity rate in Palm Beach County is now just 2.33 percent, suggesting that COVID is still spreading among the young — many of whom can still not be vaccinated.
(Mask image courtesy Amazon).
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