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State issues guidance for summer school and camp programs slated for phase two reopening

Delaware Public Media

Gov. John Carney’s office issued further guidance today for summer camps and summer school programs – which are slated to remain closed as the state begins phase one of its formal reopening plan next week.

Summer camps are slated for phase two of Delaware’s reopening plan, and the state is calling on camps to develop a written plan for their reopening to address disinfection procedures and frequency, camper arrival and departure procedures and other social distancing measures.

The state is providing some recommendations for both camps and summer school. At a press briefing Friday Carney said the state plan encourages camps to limit groups to 15 children plus staff.

“Keep the cohorts limited to 15 children plus staff and keep those cohorts together, as opposed to mixing larger numbers of children together to make contact tracing a little bit more difficult and to limit the potential for spread,” said Carney.  

The state is also encouraging camps to conduct daily health checks for students and staff if possible.

Carney’s office says further guidance is coming soon on face covering for youths.

Many Delaware businesses will be allowed to reopen at 30% capacity for phase one of Delaware’s reopening starting Monday, with many of the restrictive guidelines in Carney’s emergency order remaining in place.

Carney said Friday in order to have a healthy state, Delaware must have a healthy economy. He added that means visitors coming in from out of state.

“We want to do that gradually,” said Carney. “And so through the month of June as people gradually come back to our state that will be a very positive thing. Obviously, ultimately at the end of the day certain businesses won’t be successful without visitors from states around us.”  

Delaware’s economy has been largely closed since the second week of March, during which time the state has experienced upwards of 9200 cases of coronavirus and more than 350 related deaths.

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