The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday new mask guidelines for that summer camps.
The CDC said staff and campers who are fully vaccinated don’t need to wear masks, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, territorial regulations or if it is a business or workplace policy.
“We think the possibility of having a camp setting where everyone is fully vaccinated will be a reality mid-to-late-summer,” Commander Erin Sauber-Schatz said in an interview with Reuters.
The new guidelines say that camps should no longer require masking outdoors regardless if children are vaccinated or unvaccinated. The health agency does advise that summer camps with unvaccinated participants require masks indoors and in crowded spaces outside.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not authorized for children younger than 12 years old.
“Based on the evidence of the effectiveness of the vaccine, we are very comfortable with the recommendations we have made,” Sauber-Schatz said.
“This is complex. And as we change things, things that we knew a year ago are different now because we have much more information and they continue to evolve,” Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, said. “My own kids were home from summer camp last summer, and I want camps to be open this summer.”
The vaccine was authorized in May for children over the age of 12. 59% of Americans over the age of 12 have been vaccinated, according to the CDC.