Day camps in New York State were given approval to operate this summer under strict safety guidelines, although there is no decision made on sleep-away camps, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The state Department of Health issued camps strict guidelines that campers will be required to follow this summer. The camp season will be different than usual but it will offer a semblance of structure and educational and social interaction, officials said.

“I know when parents are looking to get back to work, summer camp can be a very important part of that strategy,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran told reporters Tuesday.

The governor had delayed his decision on whether summer camps were going to be allowed to open this summer after schools were canceled statewide in March amid the pandemic’s peak. Cuomo has also declined to say whether school will remain remote learning or return to in-classroom instruction come September, as questions linger about a second wave this fall.

Individual camps are each making their own plans for the summer to come. Some have canceled, while others are making accommodations for a season of fun while social distancing. Parents are advised to contact their child’s preferred summer camp to learn details on a case-by-case basis.

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