Rhode Island summer camps open, with restrictions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island summer camps were allowed to open Monday under a set of rules that balance fun for children against the risks of spreading the coronavirus.

Groups of campers and their leaders cannot exceed 15 people, and they cannot interact with other groups.

At YMCA of Greater Providence camps in Barrington, Seekonk, Warwick, and Wakefield, children will know their groups as “pods,” the Y’s chief executive officer, Steven O’Donnell, told The Providence Journal.

The YMCA’s camps will operate at 20% of their normal capacity, O’Donnell said.

Campers will bring their own lunch and snacks from home, and all campers and staff members will receive daily health screenings, and wash their hands frequently.

The YMCA’s camp programs are a “major revenue stream” and the limited numbers in 2020 will have substantial impact on the organization’s finances, O’Donnell said.

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