Advice for children and family activities during COVID-19

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How can I keep my family safe while we plan activities during COVID-19?

We have the latest COVID-19 guidelines to help you plan activities for your children and family.

Daycare centers

Local child care centers may open and close as staffing limitations and exposures rise and fall. 2-1-1 keeps track of child care programs in Connecticut and makes it easy to find programs in your area. Dial 2-1-1 or 800-505-1000. You can also use the child care finder on their website for more help.

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) continues to recommend mask-wearing in daycares.

The CDC recommends that children ages 5 and older be vaccinated. However, the vaccine is currently not mandatory for children attending daycare.

Camps

Connecticut does not require children to be vaccinated to attend youth camp. Programs can set their own vaccine requirements for those old enough to get vaccinated (currently 5+). Masks are always encouraged in youth camps.

Although mask and vaccine requirements have been waived, practicing the following safety measures can help limit the spread of infection:

  • Vaccination
  • Wearing a mask
  • Health screenings
  • Improved cleaning and disinfection
  • Hand and respiratory hygiene

You can view the latest OEC camp guidelines here.

Parties and gatherings

Practice COVID-19 safety when preparing for holidays, weddings and other gatherings.

If you feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, avoid holiday gatherings, and get tested for COVID-19.

Youth Sports

Young people participating in sports can take steps to reduce the risk of transmission or COVID-19.

All coaches, athletes, or other participants who test positive for COVID-19 must follow the CDC’s COVID-19 isolation protocols, including staying away from team activities during the isolation period and following any other recommended procedures upon their return.

Vaccination is currently the most important and effective strategy to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on sports activities. Vaccinated individuals are less likely to have serious complications from COVID-19, including hospitalization, and may avoid absences from school or work and/or cancellations of sports activities.

Check out the latest guidelines from the Ministry of Public Health on sports for young people.

summer activities

Whether your child is going camping, finding a job or staying close to home, ConneCT Kids has resources to help you plan an active summer.

Find summer activities here.

Wear masks

The Office of Early Childhood has tips to help children wear masks.

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