Cuomo Announces New Guidelines for Unvaccinated Children and Staff in Summer Camps and Daycare
Children who are older than two and staff who are not fully vaccinated at childcare, day camp, and overnight camp programs must continue to wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet of social distance from others, Gov. Cuomo announced today.
Children over the age of two and staff who are not fully vaccinated, may, however, take off their masks when eating, drinking, showering, swimming, sleeping, and resting.
In the governor’s updated guidance for health and safety measures, which are effective today, childcare sites also must implement capacity limitations that allow for social distancing in their properties.
"We are continuing to make incredible progress against COVID and lifting restrictions based on the science and numbers, but we are not yet at the finished line," Gov. Cuomo said. "To help ensure maximum protection for staff and children at childcare and camp programs, we are issuing this guidance so the facilities can implement basic but critical measures that will allow them to operate safely."
“The key to a joyful June and July, and a safe summer is vaccination,” said New York City Health Commissioner Dave A. Chokshi, MD, this morning. "But I also want to sound the note that if you're not yet vaccinated, that means you should continue taking the [necessary] precautions."
“Vaccination equals freedom,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said this morning, as he announced that as more than 7.6 million New Yorkers have gotten vaccinated, for the first time since seven months ago, all of the healthcare indicators are below the thresholds that we set and are going in the right direction. “It is as simple as that.
“Because New Yorkers are getting vaccinated, we are kicking COVID out of town.”
“We really believe in vaccination, and we know it works,” Health + Hospitals CEO Mitch Katz, MD, said.