Whitmer lifts ban on summer camps, some school sports workouts

That huge sigh of relief you heard Friday? That’s Michigan parents learning that the ban on summer camps has been lifted. (Shutterstock)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted restrictions Friday on overnight residential, travel and troop camps beginning June 15. 

The restrictions were also lifted on certain K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities, although a comprehensive list of what kind of activities is not yet available. The restrictions are lifted only to the extent that the activities follow pre-existing indoor facility closures and social distancing guidelines.

The executive order, which you can see here, requires camps to follow the guidelines set out by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

The reopening of summer camps will help some parents who have been struggling to work with kids in the house get extra support throughout the summer. 

However, the lifted restrictions doesn’t mean that all summer camps will choose to be in session. For instance, Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation announced in May that all summer day camps and city pool openings will be canceled for the summer. 

“As we’ve worked together to bend the curve and protect our families from COVID-19, our kids have lost time in the classroom and missed out on playdates, birthday parties and graduations. That’s why I’m glad they’ll have an opportunity to spend a week or weekend away at camp,” Whitmer said in a news release.

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Mon, 06/15/2020 - 9:24am

Too little....too late. Most summer camps I know have had to make the decision to cancel the summer season already. Most would not be able to find available staff now to reopen since most will likely have found other employment for the summer. Good intentions...but not likely to happen.

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 11:06am

When will family be able to visit loved ones in nursing homes?