Pop-up clinic location change

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the August 3 pop-up clinic at Judith Nyman Secondary School will now be held at Chinguacousy Secondary School.

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Summer day camps

Staying safe at day camp this summer

Webinar for day camp operators

On June 23, Peel Public Health hosted a webinar for day camp operators outlining roles, responsibilities and processes related to COVID-19 case and contact management of children and camp staff. The presentation also covered infection prevention and control measures, including daily screening.

Access the presentation slides, and webinar recording.

Day camps are allowed to operate under Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.

Camp operators are required to ensure all day camps follow the Ontario’s COVID-19 safety guidelines for day camps. This includes safety measures such as:

Other information

Camp operators are required to maintain a safety plan as outlined in Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, which includes screening, physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects, wearing masks and other personal protective equipment.

Day camps must:

  • Ensure all children, staff, and essential visitors are screened before they enter the day camp and that screening records are maintained.
  • Maintain consistent cohorts, including for staff, for the full length of each camp session.
  • Ensure physical distancing is maintained between each cohort, and between individuals as much as possible.
  • Promote and perform frequent hand washing (either with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand-rub).
  • Minimize the sharing and frequency of touching of objects, toys, equipment and surfaces, and other personal items.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces twice daily at minimum using disinfection products that have a Drug Identification Number (DIN).
  • Ensure water fountain use is for refilling personal water bottles and disposable cups only.
  • Maintain a personal protective equipment kit including alcohol-based hand-rub, medical masks, and eye protection (face shield or goggles).

Wearing masks

All camp participants that are in Grade 1 (as of September 1, 2021) and older are required to wear a well-fitted non-medical mask while indoors.

Masks should also be worn during outdoor camp activities anytime that that physical distancing cannot be maintained between individuals, including between camp participants and staff.

Refer to your day camp’s policy for details.

Mask tips for parents and guardians

  • It may be helpful to pack an extra mask for your child each day. Your child will then be able to change their mask if it becomes dirty or damp.
  • Masks can be stored in a dry, clean paper bag or container during lunch and break times. Store clean masks separately from dirty masks.
  • Learn how to choose, wear, and clean or dispose of a mask.

Parents, guardians, and visitors are required to wear a non-medical mask when at the camp. When outdoors, you expected to maintain 2 meters of physical distance, including in pick-up or drop-off areas.

Reasonable exceptions on the requirement to wear masks apply.

Peel Public Health strongly recommends that all day camp staff wear a medical mask and eye protection (such as a face shield or goggles) anytime physical distancing cannot be maintained, or when interacting with someone who is unable to wear a mask.

Eye protection and medical masks may be removed for eating and drinking, and when working alone.


Cohorts are made up of children and camp staff who are grouped together for the full length of the camp. For example, if a group of children are attending a 1-week camp they will be grouped together with their camp staff and will not participate in activities with the other cohort groups.

Cohorts should:

  • Be reduced to include the lowest number of children to allow for physical distancing.
  • Not mix with other cohorts.
  • Minimize the sharing and frequency of touching objects, toys, equipment, and surfaces.
  • Have their own assigned indoor space separate from other cohorts.
  • Have designated equipment for their use only that is cleaned and disinfected between cohorts.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres in shared outdoor spaces.
  • Maintain separate meal times.

Parents and guardians should screen children for symptoms of illness every day before camp.

If your child has 1 or more symptoms of COVID-19 they need to stay home and not attend day camp. Symptoms may be new, getting worse, or different than usual. Look for the following symptoms, even if mild:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fever or chills
  • loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • unusual or long-lasting headache
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • feeling unwell, muscle aches or tiredness

Refer to the day camp screening tool to support daily screening before camp.

Camp participants will be monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Participants cannot continue to attend if they have COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Refer to your day camp’s policy for more details.

If your child has symptoms, they should get tested right away. Let your day camp operator that your child has symptoms.

Before they can return to camp, your child must have received a negative test result or an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider. As well, symptoms must have been improving for at least 24 hours. Refer to the return to day camp form for more information.

Any confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Peel, including those in day camps, will be investigated by Peel Public Health. Camps are expected to record and make available attendance records, all cohort lists, and contact information for parents, staff, and campers.

If someone displays symptoms of COVID-19

  • Immediately send them home to self-isolate and get tested. Parents and guardians should have a plan in case their child is showing symptoms and must be picked up from camp.
  • If the individual is experiencing symptoms and is also a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, report the case to Peel Public Health. Refer to reporting cases of COVID-19 in day camps to learn more.
  • Clean and disinfect areas the child or staff was present in, as well as common areas, and other highly touched surfaces (door handles, light switches, handrails, countertops).
  • Review your day camp safety plan and ensure you're consistently implementing measures to keep staff and children safe, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If someone tests positive for COVID-19

  • Report the confirmed case to Peel Public Health. Peel Public Health will help you take the appropriate steps to control the spread of COVID-19 and keep your day camp setting safe. Refer to reporting cases of COVID-19 in day camps to learn more.
  • Peel Public Health is notified of all positive COVID-19 cases and will contact the person to gather information, provide instructions on notifying close contacts (including contacts at day camp), and other next steps.
  • The person who tested positive must self-isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms (or from the date of their positive test, if they do not have symptoms). They must not attend day camp during this time, or, as instructed by public health.
  • Clean and disinfect areas the child or staff was present in, as well as common areas, and other highly touched surfaces (door handles, light switches, handrails, countertops).
  • Close contacts of the person with COVID-19 must immediately self-isolate for 14 days and get tested. Refer to our details about close contacts, and to find out when to get tested.

Day camp operators can refer to more information about how to manage suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the day camp decision process toolkit.

Parents can refer to more information on what to do if your child was dismissed from day camp due to COVID-19 or an exposure to COVID-19.

When to report a case

Day camp operators are required to report both confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases to Peel Public Health.

A confirmed case refers to a day camp participant or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.

A probable case refers to a day camp participant or staff member who is experiencing symptoms and has also had close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case. Refer to more information on who is considered a close contact.

How to report a case

Use the incident reporting form to report cases to Peel Public Health.

This form collects data which helps Public Health take the appropriate steps to control the spread of COVID-19 and keep day camp settings safe. The form is secure and keeps your personal and camp information private and confidential.

The form should be completed by a supervisor or designated staff lead at the day camp. It includes prompts for each question, and all mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk.

Before you use the form for first time, you can refer to the data dictionary, which will help ensure the information you enter in the form is accurate. The data dictionary provides useful information about the data needed for Peel Public Health’s investigation and will assist you in filling out the form.

For any questions about completing the form, email us for support at: covidschoolexposures@peelregion.ca.

What happens after you report a case

After you submit the form, a Peel Public Health case manager will review the data shared.

If the case manager needs more information, an email will be sent to the contact email address provided in the form.

Examples of additional information that may be needed for the investigation include:

  • attendance records
  • cohort lists
  • transportation lists and seating charts
  • updated contact information for parents, staff and campers
  • records of essential visitors
  • photographs (of facility and common areas)

On July 14, Peel Public Health hosted a webinar for camp operators about how to report a case using the incident reporting form and what happens if more information is needed. Access the webinar recording to learn more.

COVID-19 related translated posters
Print and post translated COVID-19 posters at your day camp

Daily camp screening poster
Display the daily screening poster at camp

Resources for parents and caregivers

Tools for camp administrators

Refer to Ontario’s COVID-19 safety guidelines for day camps for more information about the requirements to keep camps safe.

If your child is attending an overnight camp or you’re an overnight camp operator, refer to Ontario’s COVID-19 safety guidelines for overnight day camps.

You can also access the Ontario Camp Association for more information and resources.