SUMMER CAMP 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.  What will you do to help keep campers and staff safe?

  • We will follow all directives and recommendations from public health authorities and the Provincial Health Officer. These include limiting the number of children attending our programs.
  • Upon arrival at camp, campers and staff will wash and/or sanitize their hands. Campers will have opportunities for frequent handwashing.
  • Washrooms will be stocked with soap and paper towels. Hand sanitizer stations will also be available.
  • Campers will be reminded about the steps they can take to keep themselves and others healthy, and staff will model these behaviours throughout the camp day.
  • Campers will be reminded not to share food, drinks, utensils, or belongings.
  • Camp spaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly in accordance with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings document.
  • Camps will have a strong focus on outdoor activities.

2.    Will campers and staff practice physical distancing?

The following physical distancing strategies will be implemented where possible:

  • campers will be reminded to avoid close greetings (e.g. hugs, high-fives, handshakes, etc.);
  • campers will be reminded to keep their hands to themselves;
  • parents and guardians will not be allowed to enter the facility; and
  • campers will be reminded to stay two metres apart from others when possible.

Please note physical distancing will be strongly encouraged but not enforced, as some physical contact during games and when using playground equipment is unavoidable.

3.     Will campers go through screening measures when arriving at our camp facilities?

You are responsible for assessing your child daily. Keep your child at home and notify City staff if your child and/or anyone in your household:

  • is experiencing ANY cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue or loss of appetite;
  • has traveled to any country or airport outside of Canada within the last 14 days; or
  • Has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

If a child displays signs of illness or is consistently struggling to follow safety protocols, we will contact the parent/guardian right away and they will be required to pick up the child as soon as possible.

4.     Will children and staff wear masks?

Guidelines from the BC Centre for Disease Control state that: “It is not recommended that children wear masks. Masks may be irritating for children and may lead to increased touching of their face and eyes. Wearing a mask is a personal choice for staff or older children and should be permitted.”

It is important that people who decide to wear masks are treated with respect. Parents and staff can teach and model respect for others.

5.     What measures are in place to ensure facilities are disinfected?

It’s essential to clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Indoor spaces will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings document. This includes:

  • general cleaning and disinfecting of the premises at least once a day; and
  • cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces at least twice a day.

Equipment will be cleaned after use. Once used, all equipment will be placed in a marked bin and will be cleaned and disinfected before any further use. There will be no sharing of equipment.

Please note that playground equipment is not cleaned or disinfected.

 

6.     Will children have access to drinking water so they can refill water bottles?

Children should bring one or two full bottles of water each day. While water fountains will likely remain closed, camp leaders will make extra drinking water available if it’s needed.