The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for social distancing at summer camps on April 24 and sparked almost immediate and widespread backlash.
Although the guidelines are not technically binding, most states and camps will likely follow them, or attempt to do so. Coronavirus is known to be less likely to spread outside and among young children, yet the guidelines still require masks, social distancing and frequent disinfecting of commonly-touched equipment and surfaces. Coronavirus cases continue to drop in most parts of the country, and more and more states are loosening restrictions. The CDC’s summer camp guidelines ignore new research about the spread of the coronavirus and could even end up harming children, experts say.