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NYS will not allow overnight camps to happen this summer due to coronavirus

Overnight summer camps will not be happening in New York this year.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said the decision came down to the challenge of managing social distancing and other safety measures aimed at preventing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.


“Overnight camps have congregate settings and sleeping arrangements in close quarters that present too many risks,” Zucker said. “In such a setting, even a single positive case in a camper or staff member could create an untenable quarantine situation and overwhelm camp health personnel that may not be able to handle a serious infectious outbreak of this nature.”

Day camps are allowed with restrictions in place.

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