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HARTFORD, Conn — Question:

Robyn wrote, “I can’t decide if it is safe to send my kids to camp this summer. How do I decide? How can these camps keep these kids safe? What are the safety requirements camps must follow? Are specific activities not allowed?”


FOX61 went to the website for the CT Office of Early Childhood to see those guidelines for summer camps. There are requirements camps must meet. For example, group size is limited to no more than 10 children including counselors in training. And camps must get special permission to host more than 30 children total at the camp. Camps must also abide by certain social distancing guidelines, and enhanced screening and sanitizing procedures. Ultimately, it will be up to parents to talk to their individual camps to decide whether or not to send their child this summer. For more detailed information, go here.


Jennifer wrote, “I work full time at a gym. I am very concerned about the gyms reopening. Before they shutdown the gym, the coronavirus was spreading. Members and staff were getting infected. I don't see how we can stay safe in an environment where people are working out. Now that we have nice weather, I would like to see the workouts stay outside for now. What are the plans for gyms? Can we keep the workouts outside for now?”


As of now, Governor Lamont has given the green light for gyms to reopen in Phase 2 on June 20. We haven’t seen specific guidelines announced for gyms just yet and do expect some guidance as we approach the June 20 date. The State has listed general business guidelines. Those guidelines include clear signage for patrons, social distancing markers, cleaning procedures for shared equipment and touchless appliances when available. Businesses also have to enhance cleaning procedures in accordance with CDC and state health guidelines.

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