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DeSantis Lifts Restrictions on Florida Youth Activities

Youth Center Summer Camp
Senior Airman La'Shanette V. Gar
Children attending the Barksdale Youth Center summer camp attempt to catch a ball.

Governor Ron DeSantis is lifting all restrictions on youth activities in Florida, opening the door for summer and sports camps.

DeSantis made the announcement at a basketball gym in Jacksonville today.

“I think that a lot of parents are going to be interested in being able to have their kids be involved in activities, but at the same time, this is a parent’s decision," said DeSantis. "No parent is required to have their kid...if you don’t feel comfortable doing it, then don’t do it, and that’s fine. I think the parents are in the best places to make those decisions.”
DeSantis says local governments will be free to create extra restrictions and guidelines for summer sports and summer camps.Asked about the mysterious COVID-19 - linked illness that has hospitalized children, DeSantis said parents should consider the risk when bringing kids to back to camps, but that the illness—called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MISC—is “extremely rare.”