Children are heading to day camps on Monday as the City of Toronto launches CampTO amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Registration started last month to fill up the more than 32,000 spaces available for kids ages six to 12.
City-run summer camps will run over eight weeks at 130 locations. They include a variety of programs including dance, drama, music, arts and crafts and active games.
Nearly 2,500 children started the CampTO program on Monday. The City said there have been around 16,650 registrations for the day camps with 4,500 children participating.
“CampTO is a great way for kids to experience summer camp this year while keeping them and our staff safe,” Mayor John Tory said in a release.
“Our programs were uniquely designed to help kids transition back into social groups within the boundaries of Toronto Public Health guidelines. This ensures that Toronto children can have a safe and fun camp experience, while making new friends and happy memories during this unique time. I want to thank staff for helping bring CampTO to life quickly and safely so that we can all ensure that our campers have a great summer!”
Approximately 68,000 summer camp registrations were cancelled in mid-May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City said CampTO programs will meet health guidelines designed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and in alignment with provincial health guidelines for day camps. Guidelines include smaller groups and lower capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning.