In a letter to parents, Camp Gan Israel of Toronto Directors Rabbi Itchy and Goldy Grossbaum wrote:
“With saddened hearts and immense disappointment, we regret to inform you that the Government of Ontario has officially closed all overnight camps for this summer. The government has deemed that camps in Ontario cannot provide the necessary safety measures to assure that every individual is virus free and thus avoid the spread of Covid19.
“Should there be any changes in this ruling we will certainly consider opening up and will keep you posted.
“We were hoping to provide our campers with a summer replete with excitement, varmkeit, Classidishkeit in safe environment.
“Although we are required to cancel camp, we will refund 100% of your payment. We make this offer knowing that the financial impact on camp is challenging as we have and continue to incur huge expenditures anticipating camp’s opening and ongoing expenses.
“We are currently exploring alternative options to keep our campers engaged and entertained,” they wrote.