The Boys & Girls Club had remained optimistic, deciding in early May to close only for June while holding out hope for reopening in July. But, like others across the state, it found the challenges were too great.
Many, including the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, had already canceled in-person operations for the season though some, such as the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, will offer modified camp options that comply with new safety rules.
Many have cited shortages of critical supplies, such as disinfectant and masks. Guitton raised similar concerns, adding that new kinds of training needed to be developed and that facilities needed to be modified.
Her group, which has a seat on the new state task force on reopening schools, is planning a familiar alternative for children who have gone through much of a semester of remote schooling: live online programming and Zoom calls, the organization said in a letter to parents.
Owing to Gov. Brian Kemp’s relaxation of sheltering-at-home rules, though, there will be some in-person “social distance style” events, such as drive-thru birthday parties, picnics and parades.