Other than concerns about the reopening of schools, the question that had remained on parents’ minds since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis was “Are day camps going to be running this summer?”
In today’s briefing, Quebec Premier Franços Legault announced that day camps will be opened as of June 22nd. This applies for all Québec regions, including the Greater Montreal Area. This announcement was made during Legault’s visit to Laval, in the presence of Mayor Marc Demers, Director of Public Health, Horacio Arruda, and Finance Minister, Éric Girard.
Regarding this decision, Legault stated “I am very pleased to announce that we have the green light from Public Health to open all day camps on June 22nd.”
However, groups of children will be smaller than usual. This is to encourage physical distancing between children and staff. As indicated by Public Health Director, Horacio Arruda, a group will not be composed of more than 10 children and ratios will be reduced based on the age of children.
When questioned about what this could mean for recruiting day camp staff, Legault mentioned that more employees will have to be hired to meet the ratios. “I’m calling on all teens and young adults who would like to have a great experience to come and work with young people all summer”, Legault replied.
He also specified that no firm decision has yet to be made about summer camps requiring lodging for children, also known as sleep-away camps. While a press release had stated that this reopening would be postponed to June 2021, this could be done later on this summer.
When asked about the opening of public pools this summer, Legault answered, “Ça s’en vient!” (It’s coming)
Yesterday, Health Minister Danielle McCann and Employment and Social Solidarity Minister Jean Boulet announced that workers in the health, physical and aesthetic care fields may soon be back on the job. For a detailed list and dates on which their services will reopen, click on related article below.
COVID-19 cases confirmed, as of today:
- Québec: 45,495
- Canada: 80,556
- US: 1,581,903
- Worldwide: 5,014,943