The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been chastised for issuing ‘cruel’ rules for summer camps that require campers to wear masks both inside and outside and to keep a distance of at least three feet between them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines on how summer camps should operate last month. Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors by all campers and staff members, whether or not they have been vaccinated. Vaccinations are currently only available to adults, not children.
‘Everyone in camp facilities must also wear masks at all times, excluding specific people, or for specific settings or activities, such as eating and drinking or swimming,’ according to the CDC.
When possible, campers should wear their masks for sports and athletic activities that take place outside, according to the CDC. Close-contact or indoor sports should also be avoided by campers.
According to the agency, campers must also keep a distance of three feet amongst all campers within a cohort, at least six feet between all campers outside of their cohort, and at least six feet while eating and drinking, even among individuals in the same cohort.
‘With staff and parents vaccinated, there is no reason to continue incredibly strict mitigation efforts or put serious restrictions on activities,’ one infectious disease scientist told the source.
‘It is unfair and cruel to our children to require children to wear masks at camps all of the time, even when they are outside playing in the heat when they provide little additional protection.’
The CDC’s guidance, according to epidemiologist Dimitri Christakis, is ‘unfairly draconian.’ He went on to say that “we need to let kids be nearer and play,” and that “keeping children masked for activities like baseball and tennis is ridiculous.”
Many camp directors sat out last summer as the virus spread across the country, either due to state regulations prohibiting them from opening or due to concerns about keeping children healthy.