Massachusetts tweaks reopening rules for child care, camps

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has changed some of the rules for reopening child-care centers and summer camps after operators complained that the guidelines would be too onerous.

State officials will not require the use of masks for children older than 2, but will only encourage the face coverings, The Boston Globe reported. The state is also dropping the requirement that all children have their temperate checked before entering.

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care has also decided not to require an extra preschool teacher in each room.

“Clearly the department is signaling that they are listening, but they continue to try to balance the reality of the situation,” Amy O’Leary, director of Early Education for All, told the newspaper.

Staff must still wear a mask when they cannot remain six feet apart, officials say.

The state this week opened the process for camps and child-care centers to submit plans for how they will operate when they reopen.

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