Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced today that summer and youth camps in the state will be allowed to operate in person starting June 29.
Raimondo said that summer camps will look different than previous years because there will be strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines in place. The administration is also considering requiring camp advisers to keep children in "small, stable groups" of about 10 in order to limit their interaction with others.
Raimondo emphasized that this decision is just a goal and is subject to change. More guidance about summer camps will be available on the state's reopening website starting next week.
"For their mental and emotional and intellectual development and health, I think we need to try our best to operate summer camps this summer," Raimondo said, adding that she will be dipping into the Covid-19 emergency funds the state received to ensure camps get what they need to operate safely.