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05.28.20   |   COVID-19, Insights

At the Start of Summer Campgrounds Reopen

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Throughout the month of May, the State of Ohio—through the Responsible Restart Ohio program—has been implementing a phased reopening of Ohio’s economy which has suffered closure due to COVID-19.

Although certain businesses must remain shut down until further notice, campgrounds were permitted to open beginning May 21, so long as they follow certain safety protocols set by the State. Campers, rejoice! When reopening, campground operators and campers should be familiar with Governor DeWine’s mandatory and best practice recommendations in order to ensure a safe and healthy summer. Please note that this is not a complete list of guidelines. A full list can be found here.

Campground Operators

General Requirements

  • As all other businesses, employees must wear clean masks
  • Post information throughout the campground to remind campers to take preventive steps against the spread of COVID-19
  • Do not allow non-registered campers to visit campsites
  • In areas with a lot of known cross traffic, direct campers to enter and exit these locations in specific directions

Services and Amenities

  • All amenities where campers could congregate must remain closed at this time, such as pools and pavilions
  • All public restrooms and shower houses must be cleaned every morning and evening, with increased sanitation during peak usage times; provide hand sanitizer where water is not available; each should limit users based on size
  • All self-service food stations should be closed or only operated by employees
  • Sanitize all rental equipment
  • RV and camper filing and waste disposal stations must be disinfected each day; each station should be regularly sanitized based on peak anticipated high-traffic exit and entry times

Campers

  • Only one family household may occupy each site
  • Maintain social distancing in all areas of the campground
  • While not required, it is recommended to wear a mask when entering buildings

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