The City of Yellowknife is readying to host its summer day camp programming in anticipation of eased restrictions on social distancing measures expected later this month.

The municipality issued a news release on Friday stating that if the second phase is initiated by the Dr. Kami Kandola, the territorial government’s top doctor, childcare options will be available for youth from ages five to seven, eight to nine, nine to 12, as well as for Multisport Camp for children ages nine to 12.

The city is preparing for reopening municipal programs, services and facilities. Day camp registration with children will be available on Tuesday morning, according to a June 5 news release.
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“To ensure that these programs are run safely, and follow capacity and other restrictions outlined by the Office of the CPHO (chief medical officer), each camp will operate with reduced numbers and camp attendees will not be permitted to mingle with children from other groups,” stated the news release. “Additional health and safety guidelines will be in place and issued to all families with children attending.”

Registration to open Tuesday 

The city states in the news release that day camp registration will open on Tuesday, June 9 at 9 a.m.

“Day Camp programming will only go ahead when Relaxing Phase 2 is initiated by the Chief Public Health Officer and the City’s Framework for Recovery is approved to proceed,” states the news release. “If there are delays in the initiation of Phase 2, refunds will be issued to those affected.”

Residents wanting to register for day camp or to learn more about health and safety measures are asked to visit the City of Yellowknife’s Day Camp page. 

Senior Administrative Officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett provided a statement saying that the city continues working on its “Framework for Recovery” that will lay out how each city program and service will align with the territory’s plans for reopening. This will include provisions around day camps.

Kandola said earlier this week that Phase Two could begin as early as Friday, June 12.

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“As one of the first steps in our soon-to-be-released Framework for Recovery, it is exciting to be planning our popular day camp programming,” said City Administrator, Sheila Bassi-Kellett. “Campers will spend a fun-filled summer enjoying new programming and activities that keep everyone active and engaged during these challenging times.”

The city states that plans are subject to change as the Framework for Recovery is being finalized.



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