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What will mask guidelines at summer camps look like?

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: June 17, 2021 11:19 PM
Created: June 17, 2021 10:22 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — As summer camps get ready to welcome children back once again, some masking guidelines are still in effect even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lifted almost all COVID-related restrictions.

News10NBC talked to leaders of two local day camps to find out exactly what masking rules they will follow.  

The governor's announcement has caused some confusion for parents because summer camps and schools were lumped together under the same guidelines when it comes to wearing masks while schools are still in session.

Two weeks from now, summer camps will be open all across the area, and guidelines for wearing a mask will be different depending on the camp. Katrina Hall is the Director of Recreation for the Town of Irondequoit. 

Hall says campers are not required to wear a mask whether they're outdoors, or inside. Parents may decide what they want for their children. 

"When campers are indoors we're going to leave that choice up to the parent, or guardian. If they do choose to wear the mask we will give plenty of mask breaks. You know take shade breaks, and things like that," Hall said.

Irondequoit has nine day camps at seven different locations. Hall says their mask-wearing policy only applies to camp employees.

"When we go indoors all of our staff will wear masks regardless at vaccination status just because they are working with children that can't be vaccinated yet," Hall said.

The YMCA of Greater Rochester has a different mask-wearing rule for their employees, says its Associate Executive Director Jason Gottfried.

"Any of our staff members that are vaccinated will not be required to wear a mask. Any of our staff that are not vaccinated, they will be required to wear a mask," Gottfried said.

This year Gottfried says there will be about 3,500 campers throughout their system. He too reiterates that campers are not required to wear a mask unless they want to.

"We'll honor any parent's choice to have their camper in a mask. That's going to be a preference of the family. We'll honor, and assist you know as they wish," Gottfried said.

Both camps will continue to follow COVID-19 cleaning guidelines to help keep everyone safe. They will also provide masks if children forget to bring them.

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