The CDC says fully vaccinated staff and campers are not required to wear masks, except when required by federal, state, local, tribal or local regulations, or when it is business or workplace policy.
“Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks, but camps can support staff or campers who choose to continue wearing masks,” the new guidelines said.
The CDC has also recommended that everyone 12 years of age and older get the Covid-19 vaccination, emphasizing that the vaccine is safe and effective. The camp also encouraged the development of educational materials between the camp and its staff and the promotion of immunizations.
Fully vaccinated people do not need routine testing, and if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, they do not need to be tested even if they are exposed to a known COVID-19 infection, the FDA said.
Physical distancing is no longer required for fully vaccinated people.
The CDC is still encouraging people to wash their hands regularly to limit the spread of all infections, not just Covid-19.
Campers are encouraged to routinely clean touch surfaces and common things. Good ventilation can prevent the spread of the disease. Campers should open windows, use air filters, and turn on fans whenever possible. The agency says activities should be done outdoors as much as possible.
When camps do occur, the CDC hopes camps can contact state or local public health departments to work with these experts to isolate people with symptoms and screen those showing symptoms. Camps should also isolate symptomatic people who are not immune.
Camps, or camps with unvaccinated staff, must use several prevention strategies to protect those who are not vaccinated. In this case, the CDC says physical distancing will be one of the important tools to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Creating small camps that gather children and stay together all day can help reduce exposure, whether vaccinated or not. Masks help protect those who are not vaccinated, and are highly recommended indoors for those who are not fully vaccinated.
Generally, people do not need to wear a mask for outdoor activities. people who have been in contact for a long time The CDC, which is an area with high rates of transmission of the coronavirus, still recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated should hide. About 7% of the US population now lives in communities with high levels of Covid-19 transmission.
In terms of building long-term relationships, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walinsky told CNN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sanjay Gupta it’s akin to asking, “Is the shirt too long or too short?” Team sports may or may not be good and noisy pits.
Masks should not be worn during water sports because wet masks can make breathing difficult and wet masks do not work well. Even campers should not sleep in it.
For people who are not fully vaccinated, routine screening tests can help find especially asymptomatic patients and prevent the disease from spreading.
For children attending camp every day, parents should monitor their children for symptoms of Covid-19, and if they do, stay home when their children are sick. Night camps should be checked for symptoms daily.
Weekly screening of employees who are not fully vaccinated can help reduce the spread of the virus. Camps should also establish flexible and supportive sick leave policies that allow employees to stay home or terminate activities if they become ill.
The CDC encourages camps to communicate clearly and openly with staff about changes in procedures and activities, and to train staff to recognize signs of stress or trauma.
Campgrounds should encourage staff to take a break from Covid-19 stories and social media if they feel overwhelmed, and encourage staff and campers to speak with people they trust about their concerns and feelings.
“Youth camps can play an important role in children’s lives, including supporting their social, emotional and physical development. “These interim guidelines are intended to help camp managers operate their camps while slowing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and to protect campers, families, staff and communities.”
Ben Tinker, Michael Needleman and CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta contributed to this report.