On Tuesday, May 19, the Board of County Commissioners gave the Parks and Recreation Department direction to look into the prospect of opening some summer camps in an effort to help families who will be returning to work as businesses re-open under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Re-Open Florida” plan.

Following direction given by the Board of County Commissioners, the Brevard County Parks and Recreation is in the process of developing options for the Board of County Commissioners to consider.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that all youth activities would be allowed to reopen in the state of Florida, citing research showing that kids have a lower risk of contracting and acting as a vector for COVID-19.

“I’m pleased to announce today that effective immediately Florida will be lifting all restrictions on youth activities, including summer camps and athletics. We believe that this makes sense based on the data and observed experience,” DeSantis said. “We are not going to be instituting a lot of rules, or really any rules.”

The governor said that the decision to reopen these activities stemmed from parents being able to make the best decisions for their children’s health as the summer months approach.

“At the end of the day we trust parents to be able to make decisions in conjunction with physicians, community leaders and coaches to be able to do these activities in a way that are safe, but I think our kids have been out of organized activities for a couple of months now and I think that we need to have a pathway to get it back,” DeSantis said.

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