Coronavirus: Orlando summer camps prepare to reopen with new guidelines

Governor’s phase 1 plan allows youth activities, summer camps to reopen

Bruce McCall, 5, smiles as he takes hand sanitizer during martial arts daycare summer camp at Legendary Blackbelt Academy in Richardson, Texas, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. As daycares and youth camps re-open in Texas, operators are following appropriate safety measure to insure kids stay safe from COVID-19. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Bruce McCall, 5, smiles as he takes hand sanitizer during martial arts daycare summer camp at Legendary Blackbelt Academy in Richardson, Texas, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. As daycares and youth camps re-open in Texas, operators are following appropriate safety measure to insure kids stay safe from COVID-19. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Officials with the City of Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation are getting ready to open nearly 20 summer camps next week.

Colonialtown Neighborhood Center is one of the locations and changes have already been put in place for staff and children.

“We have deep cleaning in all of our facilities all throughout the day. Wiping down all surfaces, door knobs, bathroom knobs, everything like that,” Lisa Early explained.

Early is the Director of Family, Parks & Recreation department and said this year camps will have limited capacity and groups will be smaller.

She explained only nine kids will be assigned to one camp counselor in order to maintain social distancing.

"If you look at our typical recreation center you'll see that one room is maybe a game room another room is a gymnasium another room is a computer lab so every day they'll be in different rooms but will each day they'll stay in their static room," Early said.

Camp operators will also be doing daily temperature checks on staff and children before going into the building.

Early said if a child is sick, they will have to go home, or if the child needs to get picked up, they will be placed in an isolation room in the meantime.

Summer Camps in Orlando will start on June 1st and run through August.

For information on summer camp registration click here.


About the Author:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!