ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Sleepaway camps will not be operating in New York this summer over coronavirus concerns, state health officials said Friday.
"Overnight camps are a difficult setting to manage social distancing and face covering and infection control practices," state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement. "Overnight camps have congregate settings and sleeping arrangements in close quarters that present too many risks. In such a setting, even a single positive case in a camper or staff member could create an untenable quarantine situation and overwhelm camp health personnel that may not be able to handle a serious infectious outbreak of this nature."
Zucker said he has fond memories of his own experiences at sleepaway camp as a child and understands the disappointment the decision brings to families.
"Amid the worst public health crisis in a century, my number one priority is the health and safety of all New Yorkers. And while infection rates are declining, we need to proceed with caution and take every step possible to avoid undoing all the progress New Yorkers have made in bending the curve and reopening the state safely and responsibly," Zucker said.
Day camps are scheduled to reopen on June 29.