Collier County makes plans for summer camps

Published: April 28, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

What does summer camp look like during social distancing?

Collier County said they hope to open theirs on June 8, saying there are hundreds of students already registered. 

To keep campers and staff safe from the coronavirus, they want to developer camper and counselor protocols and establish daily screenings at camps.

Some parents say they need some type of child care this summer while they’re working.

“It impacts a lot of our workforce to be able to get back fully into doing work and having child care issues,” said Micheal Dolby with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

The county said there are already 800 people registered.

County Manager Leo Ochs said the hard part will be finding a way to get hundreds of kids to practice social distancing.

“The challenge is to find a way to deal with large numbers of kids without congregating them in big groups, but we’re going to take that challenge on and try to figure out a way to run the programs to help these parents who need to get back to work,” Ochs said.

Collier County will discuss the issue further next week.

The county is still accepting registrations, but the website states that programs and schedules are subject to change.