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Council approves Board of Health regulation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the County and provide guidance on summer camps

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Rockville, Md., April 13, 2021—Today, the Council voted unanimously to approve an amended Board of Health regulation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the County and provide guidance on summer camps. The amended Board of Health regulation is effective on April 13 at 5 p.m.

The amended Board of Health regulation provides guidance for the operation of summer camps as follows:

  • Only campers from Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. are permitted to attend;
  • Camps must separate participants into groups of 25 for indoor activities and 50 for outdoor activities;
  • Members from a group are not permitted to mix with members of a different group at the camp;
  • Each camp is required to have a COVID Protocol Plan approved by the health officer or the health officer’s designee;
  • The plan requires including strategies for social distancing and infection control;
  • A participant who tests positive or who is in close contact with someone who has tested positive will be sent home or remain in quarantine;
  • Sports activities will be required to follow the rules for youth sports;
  • Additional requirements for a residential camp includes a cap of 25 persons in a sleeping area with social distancing and infection control strategies; and
  • Members of each sleeping group must stay with their group for the entire camp session.

The amended Board of Health regulation and the Council staff report can be viewed here.

Release ID: 21-152
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931