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Local town leaders waiting for additional guidelines regarding summer camp

Raven Brown
Updated: May 18, 2020 11:15 PM
Created: May 18, 2020 08:22 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — With summer just around the corner, now would be the time many of you finalizing plans for your kids to attend summer camp but because of COVID-19, many summer camps in our region are weighing their options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve begun hiring people but it’s with the understanding that we have not made a final decision as to whether or not we will be having those camps,” Irondequoit Town Supervisor David Seeley said. 

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Communities like Irondequoit, Chili and Canandaigua are still up in the air on if summer camp will even happen.

“There’s just no clear guidelines from the state and at this point the county as to whether or not it is to the best interest to public health standpoint in having the summer recreation camps,” Seeley said.

Seeley said while they are accepting registration, they could pull the plug on camp if they aren’t comfortable with where things stand.

“We’re not going to have summer camp unless we feel that we can do it a safe way in Irondequoit and that’s what we’re really working through right now,” Seeley said. 

The American Camp Association and the YMCA released new guidelines for summer camps including social distancing, limiting large groups and more sanitizing.

“These programs are especially important not just to the kids but to the parents who are now going to be going back to work,” Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith said. 

Smith said they are operating with full confidence that summer camp for them is on.

“We are planning that we will be able to do summer camps and we are trying to in that sort of extra layer for the protocols for the camps that we will need in this situation,” Smith said. 

Keeping in mind the safety for the kids, staff and their families as their number one concern.

“I think kids are capable of being able to follow reasonable guidelines for social distancing and certainly we will not go forward with programs where we feel like kids will not be able to stick with social distancing guidelines that have been created,” Smith said. 

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy told News10NBC he can’t speak to what phase summer camps will be in when it comes to reopening. 

He said he does sense there will be a ruling coming out from the state soon on additional guidelines.


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