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Guidance for operating child care programs during COVID-19

CDC’s updated Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19 provides information on mask use, screening, keeping children in contained groups, staggering schedules, communal spaces, food service, ventilation and water systems, vaccination, direct service providers, children with special needs, and protecting individuals at higher risk for severe illness. Recommendations include the following:

  • Everyone 2 years or older should wear a mask in childcare facilities, except when eating or sleeping.
  • Childcare programs conducting temperature screening should consider a combination of screening methods that use increased distance and physical barriers.
  • Getting vaccinated as soon as the opportunity is available is an important way for staff to stay safe and be less likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19.
This article was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.