Michigan kids can head to overnight summer camps soon.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order lifting restrictions on overnight residential, travel, and troop camps beginning June 15. In a release issued Friday, she said:

“As we’ve worked together to bend the curve and protect our families from COVID-19, our kids have lost time in the classroom and missed out on playdates, birthday parties and graduations. That’s why I’m glad they’ll have an opportunity to spend a week or weekend away at campThis is another significant milestone for Michigan as we continue to slowly and safely reopen our economy, and I want to thank Michiganders for doing their part to flatten the curve. While this is good news, there’s still more work to do to protect Michigan families from the spread of this virus, avoid a second wave, and protect the heroes on the front lines. We will get through this together.”

According to Executive Order 2020-120, camps must follow guidance issued by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The State of Michigan says these guidelines will published in the coming days and were developed in collaboration with public health experts and the camp industry.

The order also allows certain K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities to start back up again. These activities will have to be consistent with rules requiring social distancing and, across for most of the state, the closure of indoor exercise facilities.

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