Proposed COVID-19 Safety and Mitigation Policies - DRAFT

Below are proposed steps that we are taking to ensure a safe, healthy and memorable summer for all campers and families. The policies and plans outlined below are a draft and are still being finalized. Once finalized, the word draft will be removed from the header of this section and campers, families and staff will be notified by email. Campers, families and staff including those dropping off/picking up campers and/or attending the closing concerts will be required to observe the finalized version of these policies while at Lake Tahoe Music Camp.

COVID-19 testing/vaccination: All campers and staff will have to provide one of the following before arriving at camp:

  • A negative COVID-19 test from five days or less before camp
  • Proof of completed vaccination (must be completed at least four weeks prior to the start of camp)

Masking and physical distancing: Everyone at camp will be required to wear a mask except while engaged in the following activities: eating, sleeping, swimming, showering and personal mask breaks away from other people. When in sustained contact, everyone at camp is expected to maintain six-feet of physical distancing at all times.

Camp arrival/check-in: Check-in will be held outside on the dining slab. Families will be required to sign up for a drop off time to stagger arrivals.

Meals: Mealtimes will have half the campers in attendance dining. There will be a limit of four people to a table (tables normally seat 10). Everyone will be expected to wear a mask unless they are actively eating or drinking.

Rehearsals/sectionals: Full group rehearsals will be held outside. Seating will be spaced at six-feet by six-feet. Students will use bell covers, face shields and face masks with openings for mouthpieces (equipment use varies from instrument to instrument). The same rule will apply for smaller groups and sectionals. Smaller sections may rehearse inside as long as proper spacing is observed.

Cabins/tents: Cabin occupancy will be set at seven campers and one counselor (normal occupancy is 15 campers and one counselor). Tents will be set at two-to-five campers and one counselor (depending on the size of tent). Staff cabin occupancy will be set at a maximum of six staff members per cabin. All cabin and tent windows will be open at all times. Each cabin and tent will have a box fan to set in one window to assist with fresh air circulation.

Showers/bathrooms: Showers and bathroom use will be limited to half occupancy. Half of the stalls/toilets/sinks will be roped off to prevent use. Counselors will schedule shower times in a way that limits occupancy since shower time is the most crowded time in the restrooms.

Sanitization and cleaning: Campers and staff will receive cleaning and sanitizing assignments for common area surfaces/spaces upon arrival at camp. The Nevada 4-H Camp will provide sanitation stations throughout the camp facilities and signage about hand washing and CDC guidelines.

Symptoms of illness and quarantine procedures: Campers and staff members must self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Any camper or staff member who experiences symptoms of illness, including, but not limited to: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, shortness of breath, loss of smell, loss of taste, or other COVID-19 symptoms will be immediately placed under quarantine, in their own tent or cabin. They will be excluded from camp and will not be allowed to return for the duration. Campers must alert a counselor at the onset of any potential symptoms. Staff must alert the Camp Co-Directors at the onset of any potential symptoms.