As some communities in the USA start to convene youth camps, CDC affords the next strategies for tactics by which camp directors may help shield campers, employees and communities and stop the unfold of COVID-19.
Camp directors can decide, in collaboration with state and native well being officers, whether or not and the best way to implement these issues, making changes to satisfy the distinctive wants and circumstances of the area people. Implementation must be guided by what is possible, sensible, acceptable and tailor-made to the wants of every group.
These strategies are supposed to complement — not change — any state, native, territorial or tribal well being and security legal guidelines, guidelines and rules with which camps should comply.
Guiding ideas to bear in mind
The extra individuals a camper or employees member interacts with, and the longer that interplay, the upper the chance of COVID-19 unfold. The chance of COVID-19 unfold will increase in youth camp settings as follows:
Lowest threat: Small teams of campers keep collectively all day, every day. Campers stay at the very least 6 toes aside and don’t share objects. Out of doors actions are prioritized. All campers are from the native geographic space (e.g., metropolis, city, county, group).
Extra threat: Campers combine between teams however stay at the very least 6 toes aside and don’t share objects. Out of doors actions are prioritized. All campers are from the native geographic space (e.g., group, city, metropolis, or county).
Much more threat: Campers combine between teams and do not stay spaced aside. All campers are from the native geographic space (e.g., group, city, metropolis, or county).
Highest threat: Campers combine between teams and do not stay spaced aside. All campers aren’t from the native geographic space (e.g., group, city, metropolis, or county).
Selling behaviors that cut back unfold
Camp directors could think about implementing a number of methods to encourage behaviors that cut back the unfold of COVID-19.
Educate employees, campers, and their households about when they need to keep residence and after they can return to camp.
Actively encourage workers and campers who’re sick or have just lately had a detailed contact with an individual with COVID-19 to remain residence. Develop insurance policies that encourage sick workers to remain at residence with out concern of reprisal, and guarantee workers are conscious of those insurance policies.
Workers and campers ought to keep residence if they’ve examined optimistic for or are displaying COVID-19 signs.
Workers who’ve just lately had a detailed contact with an individual with COVID-19 also needs to keep residence and monitor their well being.
Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
Educate and reinforce handwashing with cleaning soap and water for at the very least 20 seconds and improve monitoring to make sure adherence amongst campers and employees.
If cleaning soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer that incorporates at the very least 60% alcohol can be utilized (for workers and older youngsters who can safely use hand sanitizer).
Encourage employees and campers to cowl coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues must be thrown within the trash and fingers washed instantly with cleaning soap and water for at the very least 20 seconds.
If cleaning soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer that incorporates at the very least 60% alcohol can be utilized (for workers and older campers who can safely use hand sanitizer).
Educate and reinforce using masks. Masks could also be difficult for campers (particularly youthful campers) to put on in all-day settings resembling camp. Masks must be worn by employees and campers (notably older campers) as possible, and are most important in instances when bodily distancing is tough. Data must be offered to employees and campers on correct use, elimination, and washing of masks.
Masks supply some safety to the wearer and are additionally meant to guard these across the wearer, in case they’re contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19. Masks aren’t surgical masks, respirators or different medical private protecting gear.
Guarantee you could have accessible sinks and sufficient provides for individuals to scrub their fingers and canopy their coughs and sneezes. Provides embrace cleaning soap, a method to dry fingers (e.g., paper towels, hand dryer), tissues, hand sanitizer with at the very least 60 % alcohol (for workers and older campers who can safely use hand sanitizer), disinfectant wipes, masks (as possible), and no-touch/foot pedal trash cans (ideally coated).
Indicators and messages
Put up indicators in extremely seen areas (e.g., camp entrances, eating areas, restrooms) that promote on a regular basis protecting measures and describe the best way to cease the unfold of germs resembling by correctly washing fingers and correctly sporting a masks.
Broadcast common bulletins on lowering the unfold of COVID-19 on PA system
Embrace messages (for instance, movies) about behaviors that stop unfold of COVID-19 when speaking with employees and households (resembling on camp web sites, in emails and thru camp social media accounts).
Cleansing and disinfection
Clear and disinfect continuously touched surfaces (e.g., playground gear, door handles, sink handles, consuming fountains) throughout the camp facility and in any shared transportation automobiles at the very least each day or between use as a lot as attainable. Use of shared objects (e.g., artwork provides, nap mats, toys, video games) must be restricted when attainable, or cleaned between use.
Develop a schedule for elevated, routine cleansing and disinfection.
If transport automobiles (e.g., buses) are utilized by the camp, drivers ought to follow all security actions and protocols as indicated for different employees (e.g., hand hygiene, masks).
Guarantee secure and proper use and storage of cleaners and disinfectants, together with storing merchandise securely away from youngsters. Use merchandise that meet EPA disinfection standards.
Cleansing merchandise shouldn’t be used close to youngsters, and employees ought to guarantee that there’s sufficient air flow when utilizing these merchandise to stop youngsters or themselves from inhaling poisonous fumes.
Use gloves when eradicating rubbish luggage or dealing with and disposing of trash. Wash fingers after eradicating gloves.
Discourage sharing of things which can be tough to scrub, sanitize or disinfect.
Preserve every camper’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies or areas.
Guarantee sufficient provides to reduce sharing of high-touch supplies to the extent attainable (e.g., assign artwork provides or different gear to a single camper), or restrict use of provides and gear to 1 group of campers at a time and clear and disinfect between use.
Keep away from sharing digital units, toys, books and different video games or studying aids.
Guarantee air flow programs function correctly and improve circulation of out of doors air as a lot as attainable, for instance by opening home windows and doorways. Don’t open home windows and doorways if doing so poses a security or well being threat (e.g., threat of falling or triggering bronchial asthma signs) to campers utilizing the power.
To attenuate the chance of Legionnaires’ illness and different illnesses related to water, take steps to make sure that all water programs and options (e.g., sink taps, consuming fountains, showers, ornamental fountains) are secure to make use of after a chronic facility shutdown. Ingesting fountains must be cleaned and sanitized, however encourage employees and campers to carry their very own water to reduce use and touching of water fountains.
Area seating at the very least 6 toes aside.
If nap instances are scheduled, make sure that campers’ nap time mats are assigned to particular person youngsters, are sanitizede earlier than and after use and spaced out as a lot as attainable, ideally at the very least 6 toes aside. Place campers head-to-toe to make sure distance between their faces.
Prioritize out of doors actions the place social distancing may be maintained as a lot as attainable.
Create social distance between campers on college buses (e.g., seat youngsters one youngster per row, skip rows) when attainable.
Bodily limitations and guides
Set up bodily limitations, resembling sneeze guards and partitions, notably in areas the place it’s tough for people to stay at the very least 6 toes aside (e.g., reception desks).
Present bodily guides, resembling tape on flooring or sidewalks and indicators on partitions, to make sure that employees and campers stay at the very least 6 toes aside in strains and at different instances (e.g., guides for creating “a technique routes” in hallways).
Shut shared areas resembling eating halls and playgrounds with shared playground gear, if attainable; in any other case stagger use and clear and disinfect between use.
Have campers carry their very own meals as possible, and eat in separate areas or with their smaller group, as an alternative of in a communal eating corridor or cafeteria. Guarantee the protection of youngsters with meals allergy symptoms.
Use disposable meals service objects (utensils, dishes). If disposable objects aren’t possible or fascinating, make sure that all non-disposable meals service objects are dealt with with gloves and washed with dish cleaning soap and sizzling water or in a dishwasher. People ought to wash their fingers after eradicating their gloves or after instantly dealing with used meals service objects.
If meals is obtainable at any occasion, have pre-packaged containers or luggage for every attendee as an alternative of a buffet or family-style meal. Keep away from sharing of meals and utensils and make sure the security of youngsters with meals allergy symptoms.pdf icon
Pay attention to native or state regulatory company insurance policies associated to group gatherings to find out if occasions may be held.