MCALLEN, Texas – On Monday Governor Greg Abbott gave youth programs like the Boys and Girls Club the green light to reopen and operate summer camps and youth sports.
Executive Director Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar said the club has preliminary plans that must first obtain board approval before facilities, camps and youth sports programs can begin.
Alcantar said since the announcement she has received many calls from concerned residents.
“Immediately our phones were just inundated, and a lot of families need care and affordable care especially right now,” said Gonzalez-Alcantar
Some of the preliminary plans include only allowing a 25 percent capacity of kids, no more than ten kids in a space with one employee, constant hand washing, masks, and social distancing.
“When you come into the facility for summer camp you will have your temperature checked, regardless of who you are. Parents will not be able to enter the facility. There are a series of questions that are asked, and if you say yes to any of those, then you will not be allowed to come in,” said Gonzalez-Alcantar
We also asked about social distancing with youth sports. Alcantar said the governor’s offices has issued a checklist which they will use as a starting framework but will be implementing stricter guidelines.
Alcantar said they may limit baseball players from stealing bases, or in basketball they may not allow players to play man to man defense. All sports are also being considered for outdoors to mitigate risk.
“We are excited to be here for the kids, and for families to be able to go back to work in a really safe way.” said Gonzalez-Alcantar
Alcantar hopes to have the plans approved by this weekend and hopes to open facilities by June 8th. Baseball and softball will be the first sports played by the club in late June or July.
If you would like to follow the latest developments from the Boys & Girls Club of McAllen, you can follow them on their social media platforms.