Bayonne cancels Ultimate Sports Day Camp

Possible COVID-19 exposure is the culprit

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Bayonne has been holding Summer Day Camps for the city’s youth with appropriate guidelines and restrictions. However, a sports-themed day camp was cancelled on Monday due to virus concerns.

On Monday, Aug.17, the city cancelled its Ultimate Sports Day Camp at Veteran’s Stadium because the Division of Recreation has been advised of a possible exposure to COVID-19.

Not taking chances

“While the risk of exposure to campers and staff members is low due to social distancing guidelines employed by our staff, city officials have taken a very cautious approach to the COVID-19 crisis, and this precautionary closure is consistent with that approach,” according to a statement by the City of Bayonne on Aug. 16. “We look forward to seeing everyone back at camp on Tuesday.”

But, out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to end the sports-themed day camp for the season, Public Information Officer Joe Ryan told the Bayonne Community News on Aug. 18.

No other Division of Recreation summer day camps are affected by the closure.

Parents of campers said they were notified by telephone on Aug. 17 that the COVID-19 test results for the potentially sick camper were not back and that camp had been cancelled.

The city will keep residents informed of any additional camp closures. They should check the city’s social media for official updates.

For additional information, call the Division of Recreation at 201-858-6129 or the Bayonne Department of Health at 201-858-6355 or email at moreilly@baynj.org.

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