Campers will be asked screening questions regarding COVID-19 exposure
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New Yorkers can once again be happy campers. The New York State Parks department is opening up its reservations system for its campgrounds starting Monday.
Campsites, cabins and cottages have only been open to those with existing reservations. On Monday, those looking to make new reservations — checking in on or after June 22 for tents, trailers, RVs, cabins, yurts and cottages — could begin doing so.
"Campers are reminded to practice social distancing, bring and wear a face covering, respect the rules, and do their part to keep the campgrounds, parks and beaches open and safe for everyone," the New York state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said in a statement. "Camping capacity is limited and visitors must make an advance reservation before arriving to the campground."
As campers check in to their site, they will be asked screening questions in regards to exposure to COVID-19. Those who might be at risk will not be allowed to camp.
Restrooms will operate at a reduced capacity and could be closed for periodic cleaning. Gatherings at campsites must be limited to "immediate household members only."
Campground visitors should note that "Park Social Distancing Ambassadors" as well as State Park Police and other staff will be on sites to monitor all areas, including campgrounds, picnic areas, beachfronts, lawns, boardwalks and more, to make sure all guidelines are met.
All of the campgrounds owned and operated by the state as well as more information and reservation access can be found at parks.ny.gov/camping. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-456-2267.