COVID-19: Organized summer activities for children and youth

When operating summer activities during the pandemic, extra care and precautions should be considered to help protect children, youth, staff and communities from COVID-19. When case numbers are down and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19, jurisdictions will be adjusting public health measures in their areas. It is important to consider all jurisdictional specific restrictions and work closely with local public health authorities when developing summer programming.

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Determining risk

Understanding how COVID-19 spreads will help you identify and reduce the risk in your setting. Each activity will have its own set of risks based on factors such as:

COVID-19 circulating in communities

The risk of COVID-19 being introduced to your setting is greater when:

As you plan for your season, contact your local public health authority to discuss risks, including local and surrounding COVID-19 activity.

The setting and programs

The risk of COVID-19 spreading at your setting is greater when programming takes place in:

Risk is higher when these factors overlap or involve higher risk activities like:

Consider how you can adjust programming to reduce the risk in your setting by:

Children and youth

All children and youth participating in summer activities should use many personal preventive practices to help limit the spread of COVID-19. However, their ability to do so may depend on their:

Keep the individual needs of all children and youth in mind when you plan what supports to provide.

Reducing risk

Use multiple risk reduction strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19. When planning your risk reduction strategy, consult your local public health authority for advice specific to your area.

Implement public health advice

Encourage children, youth, staff and volunteers to:

Help children, youth, staff and volunteers to maintain physical distancing as recommended by public health guidelines, such as:

Monitoring and screening

Monitor and screen for symptoms of or risk of exposure to COVID-19 to help prevent its spread within your setting. Ask your local public health authority for advice on specific requirements within your jurisdiction

Request that parents and guardians monitor their child for COVID-19 symptoms using a self-assessment tool.

Encourage those with mobile devices coming to the setting to download and use the COVID Alert mobile application.

People at greater risk

Some children, youth, staff or volunteers may be at risk of more severe disease or outcomes if they get COVID-19. They should consult a health care provider before coming to your setting or agreeing to work there.

Communications plans

Make a plan for how to respond to COVID-19 concerns, including how you will:

Staff and volunteers

Consult your local public health authority as you plan measures for staff and volunteers, including:

Planning for illness

Have a plan for how you will safely manage illness at the setting. Public health authority advice will be important for these situations.

Your plan could include:

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