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Legislators call on Cooper to allow camps to open next month

In an open letter, Sens. Chuck Edwards of Flat Rock and Jim Davis of Franklin and Reps. Chuck McGrady, of Hendersonville and Kevin Corbin of Franklin said the camp industry generates millions of dollars in revenue statewide. Co-written with the board of directors of the N.C. Youth Camp Association, the letter said summer camp is a good antidote to the emotional strain of being confined indoors during pandemic stay-at-home order.

"Many of those children have started counting down the days until they can attend summer camp in North Carolina," the legislators said. "Because of the uncertainty and social distancing caused by this pandemic, we believe they will need the unrestricted and emotionally positive experience camp provides more than ever."