Interim Guidance for Child Care and Day Camp Programs During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency - 

This Interim Guidance for Child Care and Day Camp Programs during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (“Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care and Day Camp Programs”) was created to provide owners/operators of child care and day camp programs and their employees, parents/guardians and visitors with precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. 

This guidance applies only to day child care and camp programs. It does not include over night child care and camp programs, which are not authorized to operate at this time.

These guidelines are minimum requirements only and any employer is free to provide additional precautions or increased restrictions. These guidelines are based on the best-known public health practices at the time of publication, and the documentation upon which these guidelines are based can and does change frequently. The Responsible Parties–as defined below–are accountable for adhering to all local, state and federal requirements relative to child care and day camp programs and activities. The Responsible Parties are also accountable for staying current with any updates to these requirements, as well as incorporating same in to any activities and/orSiteSafetyPlan.

Reopening New York - These guidelines apply to all child care and day camp programs statewide. This guidance does not apply to overnight child care and camp programs, which are not authorized to operate at this time. See “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care and Day Camp Programs” for full details.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all owners/operators of child care and day camp programs should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to child care program and summer day camp entities and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.

Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19- To help prevent spread of COVID-19, procedures and supplies should be in place to encourage proper hand and respiratory hygiene as well as routine cleaning and disinfection of high-risk locations. This guidance is provided for any local or state public or private facility so that owners, operators and other individuals can incorporate these procedures into their facility protocols. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your FacilityEveryday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers

Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure 

This interim guidance is intended to inform employers as restrictions on private and public sector activities are scaled back in different regions of the state throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency. This guidance is not intended for health care or nursing home professionals, which have separate protocols and guidance for staff to return to work. Specifically, this guidance provides protocols and policies for employees seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the employee had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

Symptoms of Coronavirus 

New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website

Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Website

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)- This interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings. CDC has also provided guidance for critical infrastructure workers who may have had exposure to a person known or suspected to have COVID-19. Unless otherwise specified, this interim guidance for businesses and employers applies to critical infrastructure workplaces as well.