New Jersey Daycare Centers Can Open June 15, Summer Camps on July 6, With Restrictions

The limbo is over for day camps wondering and waiting if they would be able to run summer camp. Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday that childcare centers, non-contact organized sports activities and youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs can resume operations over the next several weeks if they follow health and safety guidelines.

“In each of these instances — sports leagues and day camps — the (state) Department of Health will be releasing the health and safety standards that will allow for this order to be properly followed,” Murphy said.

  • Child care centers can reopen June 15 (some centers had been open to care for children of first responders, but will now be able to care for all children).
  • Non-contact organized sports activities can restart June 22
  • Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs, can begin July 6.

“We want our children to be able to enjoy summer with friends,” Murphy said. “Participating in activities that create lifelong memories. Our camps are places that give older kids the chance to have their first jobs as counselors.”

NJ Human Services announced Friday the availability of up to $20 million in health and safety grants for child care centers and youth camps.

Child care centers can receive up to $5,000, while youth camps can receive up to $2,000.

The money can be used to purchase additional cleaning products, personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and thermometers, and other products and services to assist centers in complying with appropriate guidelines.

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