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Requirements for Day Camp Operations in Middlesex and London

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Dear Camp Operator,

With summer upon us, it is great to see that many day camps are in operation and planning to provide much-needed activities, socialization and fun for youngsters across the region. In addition to the requirements identified in O. Reg. 263/20 Rules for Areas in Step 2, the Ministry has established a Guidance Document which provides further COVID-19 safety guidance for camp operators. In advance of running your camp, we ask that you please closely review the requirements outlined in the regulation and guidance document.

From these documents, to ensure you are following as a day camp or facility operator, some key messages include:

  • Day Camps must run for a minimum of 1 week (consecutive days), with consistent cohorts for the duration of each camp session for up to 2 weeks. For example, if the camp runs for 1 week, the same cohort must be maintained for the full week. If the camp runs for 2 weeks, the same cohort must be maintained for both consecutive weeks.
  • Outdoor Education Centres (OECs) must run for a minimum of one (1) full day, conducted with established cohorts.
  • Day Camps must comply with sector-related requirements that are identified in O. Reg. 263/20. For example, if a day camp is music-oriented, the camp must comply with the requirements in the regulation which are related to music.
  • Outdoor activities are strongly encouraged! Sport and recreational fitness activities are not permitted indoors during Step 2.
  • Encourage all staff and campers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations (as per eligibility criteria).
  • Practice physical distancing, cleaning and sanitizing, hand hygiene and masking as much as possible.
  • Use of masks is required indoors.
  • Use of masks is not required outdoors if physical distancing of 2 metres can be maintained between camp participants and cohorts are maintained.
  • It is important to screen staff and campers as per the guidance material.
  • Ensure a written safety plan is available upon request.

For additional guidance and information on day camp operations, please follow this link to view the Health Unit’s 2021 Day and Overnight Camp webinar.

Should you have any questions related to the regulatory requirements and guidance material, please email inspections@mlhu.on.ca or call (519) 663-5317 and request to speak to a Public Health Inspector.

Sincerely,

David Pavletic
Manager, Environmental Health