Quebec’s government has announced on Thursday that sleepaway camps will not be allowed to open this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, effectively shutting Camp Gan Yisroel Montreal for this summer.
By Anash.org reporter
Premier of Quebec Province Francois Legault announced on Thursday that sleepaway camps will not be allowed to open this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the many camps affected by this decision is Camp Gan Yisroel Montreal which is located in La Minerve, Quebec. The camp is one of the largest Chabad overnight camps in the world, providing a fun summer experience to hundreds of children each summer.
The first summer session was scheduled to begin on Monday, 7 Tammuz (June 29) while the second session was set to begin on Monday, 6 Av (July 27) and conclude Sunday night, 3 Elul (August 23).
Government officials said that day camps will be allowed to open as of June 22, with physical distancing and other COVID-19 health measures in effect. Day camps will also be mandated to hire roughly double the number of staff in order to lower ratios of children to counselors.
Earlier this week, directors of Camp Gan Yisroel Toronto Rabbi Itchy and Goldy Grossbaum officially announced that they will not be opening for 2020 summer due to coronavirus and lock-down restrictions.
Camp directors in New York, Michigan, and Florida have yet to announce a decision on whether they will be open this summer.