Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced on Friday of which all restrictions on summer in addition to youth camps in Floriday will be lifted, effective immediately.
“Our kids have been out of organized activities for a couple months today,” DeSantis said on Friday in Jacksonville. “We need to have a pathway to get of which back.” The governor did say of which the Florida Department of Health would certainly likely post a list of best practices to its website in addition to of which local leadership will be allowed to make independent decisions.
“We believe of which This kind of makes sense based on the data in addition to observed experience. We are not going to be instituting a lot of rules, or actually any rules,” DeSantis said. “At the end of the day, we trust parents to be able to make decisions in conjunction with physicians.”
Broward in addition to Miami-Dade officials remain cautious. Broward County Spokesperson Margaret Stapleton reiterated of which the county is usually “not offering any youth sports or summer camps at This kind of time,” although “Parks in addition to Recreation staff is usually assessing how programming can resume, with adherence to the requirements for social distancing, facial covering in addition to sanitation.” Miami-Dade had a similar response: “We do not have a timetable as yet for any openings,” said Miami-Dade spokesperson Myriam Marquez.
State pediatric authorities are also in disagreement about reopening summer camps — famous for their crowded throngs of children in addition to lack of showering — so soon. “We still don’t know enough about the disease,” said Dr. Bruce Peters, a professor at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. “We don’t even have a vaccine. of which’s way too early.”
although Dr. Bonnie White, a pediatrician who attended DeSantis’s announcement, asserted of which of which was more important for children to “be able to laugh with their friends,” in addition to parents should simply practice due diligence, keeping their kids coming from the activities if they are sick.
Camps across Florida are looking carefully at how to manage reopening activities for children amid the global pandemic. Many are cutting enrollment in half, restricting larger group activities, in addition to removing field trips coming from the schedule. “We are still assessing the issue in addition to have not made a final determination yet,” said Kevin Pickard, director of the City of Sunrise Leisure Services.
“In addition to the risks associated with COVID-19, the lack of school sites is usually a major concern for us. We would certainly have to substantially lower our registration numbers if the determination is usually made to continue on that has a camp program,” he added.
Many parents remain skeptical. “I will absolutely not send my child to a camp This kind of year,” Mayte Arteta-Martinez of Hollywood told Fox. “I do not feel of which is usually safe because children do not understand the concepts of social distance, nor do I believe camp counselors/teachers are willing to take the time to constantly be watching over them to keep these parameters.”