2021 | Coronavirus

County Council will consider guidance for summer camps, including group limits

Only campers from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., would be allowed

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Montgomery County officials are looking ahead to summer camps and preparing restrictions, including potentially allowing only Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., residents to attend local camps.

The County Council will host a public hearing and vote on several restrictions for the camps at a meeting on Tuesday at 9:45 a.m.

Among the other potential restrictions:
● Camps must separate participants into groups of 25 for indoor activities and 50 for outdoor activities
● Members from a group would not be permitted to mix with members of a different group at the camp
● Each camp would be required to have a COVID Protocol Plan approved by Dr. Travis Gayles, the county’s health officer, or his designee
● The plan would be required to include strategies for social distancing and infection-control strategies
● A participant who tests positive or who is in close contact with someone who has tested positive would be sent home or remain in quarantine
● Sports activities would be required to follow the rules for youth sports
● Additional requirements for a residential camp would include a cap of 25 persons in a sleeping area with social distancing and infection-control strategies
● Members of each sleeping group must stay within their group for the entire camp session

Council President Tom Hucker and Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz proposed the amendments to the current Board of Health regulation.

The deadline to sign up to testify at the hearing is at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Briana Adhikusuma can be reached at briana.adhikusuma@bethesdamagazine.com.