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COVID-19 Update

Summer Camp Health and Safety

This summer will be bringing with it a lot of fun and a lot of new ‘norms’ for everyone to get used to. We’ll be strictly adhering to Provincial Public Health guidelines and directions regarding the safe operations of summer day camps for the 2021 season. Here is what Globe FC is doing this summer to keep our campers, parents, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy.

  • We will be minimizing the sharing and frequency of touching of objects, toys, equipment and surfaces, and other personal items throughout the day
  • We will be cleaning and disinfecting, at least twice a day, frequently touched surfaces. These surfaces are most likely to become contaminated, including doorknobs, water fountain/cooler knobs, light switches, toilet and faucet handles, electronic devices,
  • Performing and promoting frequent, proper hand hygiene (including supervising or assisting campers with hand hygiene) and incorporating additional hand hygiene opportunities into the daily schedule.
  • Encourage physical distancing of at least 2 metres between camp participants, parents/guardians and staff by
    • Spreading camp participants out into different areas
    • Spreading furniture, camp equipment, and activity stations out into different areas
    • Using visual cues (e.g., signs, posters, floor markings, etc.)
    • Staggering or alternating lunchtime and outdoor playtime to reduce number of individuals in lunch/snack area
    • Incorporating more individual activities or activities that encourage more space between camp participants
    • Using telephone or video conferencing when possible for meetings between staff and parents/guardians.
  • Operate programs in consistent cohorts of no more than 10 individuals including both staff and campers who stay together throughout the duration of the program
  • Face coverings (non-medical masks) to be used if physical distancing of at least 2-metres cannot be maintained between cohorts
  • Cohorts to not mix with other cohorts or be within in the same room/space at the same time, including pick-ups and drop-offs, mealtimes, playtime, outdoor activities, program spaces, tents, staff areas/rooms, etc.
  • Programs that utilize a room/space that is shared by cohorts or has other users will ensure the room/space is cleaned and disinfected before and after using the space. A cleaning log will be posted and used to track cleaning
  • Each cohort will have designated equipment (e.g., balls, loose equipment) or clean and disinfect equipment between cohort uses
  • Camp participants should bring their own sun protection, and this should not be shared
  • In shared outdoor space, cohorts will maintain a distance of at least 2 metres between groups and any other individuals outside of the cohort
  • Play structures can only be used by one cohort at a time and must be cleaned and disinfected before and after use by each cohort
  • There will be no activities requiring group transportation
  • Aquatic activities (e.g., pool, splash pad, wading pool etc.) will adhere to regulated requirements as well as to municipal guidance and restrictions at the time of activity
  • There will be no activities with exposures to animals or pets
  • We will ensure camp participants and staff perform proper hand hygiene before and after eating
  • Ensure each camp participant should have their own drink bottle that is labeled, kept with them during the day, and not shared
  • We will reinforce “no food sharing” policy
  • Physical distancing will be maintained while eating.
  • Pick-up and drop-off procedures will support physical distancing and cohorting using strategies such as, but not limited to: avoiding group transportation, separate cohort locations, having one designated parent/guardian pick-up and drop-off each camp participant, staggering entry, or limiting the numbers of people in common areas
  • All individuals, including camp participants, parents/guardians, staff, and visitors will be screened including daily temperature checks upon arrival at program setting prior to entry. Entry will be denied to any individual who has any of the symptoms outlined in the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website or who has come in close contact with a person with symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Camp participants, in particular, will be monitored for atypical symptoms and signs of COVID-19.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content will be placed at all screening stations and entrances to the program.
  • Protocols will be in place to notify parents/guardians if their camp participant begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 while in camp, including the need for immediate pick-up and an area to isolate the camp participant until pick-up
  • Daily records will be kept of anyone (e.g., camp participants, parent/guardian, staff and visitors) entering the program setting who stays for 15 minutes or longer. Records (e.g., name, contact information, time of arrival/departure, screening completion etc.) will be kept up-to-date and available to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak.
  • Symptomatic camp participants will be immediately separated from others in a supervised area until they can go home.
  • Camp participants will be reminded of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette while waiting to be picked-up.
  • Tissues will be provided to the camp participant to support proper respiratory etiquette, along with proper disposal of the tissues.
  • Environmental cleaning/disinfection of the space and items used by the camper will be conducted once the camper has been picked up. Items that cannot cleaned and disinfected (e.g., paper, books, cardboard, etc) will be removed from the program and stored in a sealed container for a minimum of 7 days
  • Camp participants with symptoms should be tested
  • Other campers and staff who were present while a camp participant or staff member became ill will be identified as a close contact and further cohorted (i.e., grouped together) until they can be picked up by parents/guardians to self-isolate at home. Hamilton public health unit will provide any further direction on testing and isolation of these close contacts.
  • Camp participants or staff who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded from the program setting for 14 days
  • Those who test negative for COVID-19 will be excluded from the program until 24 hours after symptom resolution
  • Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be excluded from the program for 14 days after the onset of symptoms and clearance has been received from the local public health unit
  • Day camps must consider a single, symptomatic, laboratory confirmed case of COVID19 in a staff member or camp participant as a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak in consultation with Hamilton Public Health. Outbreak will be declared in collaboration between Globe FC and Hamilton Public Health to ensure an outbreak number is provided.
  • Staff members and camp participants awaiting test results will be excluded from camp
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