Breaking Coronavirus News that Impacts RVers

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Here’s the latest news about the coronavirus and how it is affecting the RV community. We will update this daily as news develops. If you learn of any developments that we should report, please let us know at editor@rvtravel.com .

UPDATES SINCE THIS WAS POSTED:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

In Death Valley National Park, the following campgrounds are closed: Furnace Creek, Mesquite Spring, Texas Springs, Emigrant, Sunset and Stovepipe Wells. Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells Visitor Centers are also closed.

The Escapees RV Club has announced to members that all events currently scheduled through June 17 will be canceled or postponed. Events affected include Head-out Program (HOP) activities, Hangouts, Convergences, and RVers Boot Camps.

The National Park Service (NPS) has suspended the collection of all park entrance fees until further notice. More.

All events, activities, special event reservations, pavilion rentals and camping/cabin reservations at Florida State Parks have been canceled for the next 60 days. Camping will be closed Friday, March 20. The parks will remain open for day use; however, hours of operation have been reduced to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in New York are both closed. In Washington, D.C., the Washington Monument closed on March 14, along with Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, the Old Post Office Tower and Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.

In Oregon, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center are closed.

The FMCA Beaver Ambassador Club has cancelled its International Rally planned for Kerrville Texas, April 22. The FMCA chapter South Texas Renegades has cancelled its April 9, 10, 11 rally which was to be held at Pioneer Beach RV Resort, Port Aransas, Texas.

The 63rd Airstream Club International Rally (the WBCCI) scheduled for June 20-27, 2020, at The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, Colorado, has been cancelled.

The North Carolina/South Carolina WIT Rally to be held at Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, SC, on May 1-3 has been cancelled.

San Francisco has shut down its cable cars, one of its biggest tourist attractions.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has closed all state parks. That also includes all fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites, as well as the cancellation of upcoming scheduled events.

Coronavirus concerns have led the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to expand its state park closures zone to include Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. State parks now closed to the public are Delaware Canal, Evansburg, Fort Washington, Marsh Creek, Neshaminy, Nockamixon, Norristown Farm, Ralph Stover, Ridley Creek, Tyler, Washington Crossing and White Clay Creek. Goat Hill Serpentine Barrens in William Penn State Forest also lies within the closure zone and is closed to the public.

The Visitor Center at Bryce Canyon National Park is closed. First-come, first-served camping remains available at North Campground.

The museum and visitor center at Gettysburg National Military Park will be closed through March 31.

Camping is closed at Mesa Verde National Park. As of March 17, the Chapin Mesa Museum, Visitor and Research Center, Spruce Tree Terrace, and Mesa Verde Museum Association stores are closed until further notice. Tours of Cliff Palace have also been cancelled until May 1. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, Cliff Palace driving loop, Mesa Top driving loop, and the Far View Sites will remain open for visitors.

The elevators at Carlsbad Caverns are closed. The steep Natural Entrance Trail is open. Going down is easy, walking back up is a different story.

In Elkhart County Indiana, ground zero of RV manufacturing in America, local officials have closed schools. Nearby Goshen College has closed, and will opt for remote learning. RV factories continue to operate (but for how long?).

Adventure Caravans has rescheduled all its remaining March and April tours and is evaluating its May tours. Call if you have questions: (936) 327-3428.

Anthony Chabot campground near Castro Valley and the Del Valle campground southeast of Livermore are closed. Both are in Northern California.

The Saddlehorn Visitor Center in Colorado National Monument is closed.

All local Social Security offices are closed to the public for in-person service. The decision protects the population the agency serves — older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions — and its employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In Utah, the Quarry Visitor Center and the Quarry Exhibit Hall in Dinosaur National Monument have closed.

Old Federal Campground, on Lake Lanier, northeast of Atlanta is reported to have closed.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted this morning (Wednesday) that the United State’s border with Canada will be “temporarily closing.” Trade and commerce between Canada and the U.S. will still continue, but tourists will be banned from crossing the border. There will be some exceptions. Stay tuned.

North Carolina’s 34 state parks, four recreation areas and three natural areas have suspended public operations. Park facilities, including visitor centers and campgrounds, will close, but trails and restrooms will remain open.

The National Park Service has closed visitors centers in the Great Smoky Mountains, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

La Grande, Ore.–based RV manufacturers Northwood Manufacturing Inc. (NW) and Outdoors RV (ORV) announced in a press release that they are temporarily closing down their manufacturing facilities. More.

Tennessee State Parks remain open and entry is free. Campgrounds are open, some with full hookups. Minnesota State Park campgrounds are open, but many visitor services are closed.

Yosemite National Park, California State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that they are shutting down walk-in traffic at visitor centers. Yosemite officials said the park would shutter visitor centers and indoor exhibits through at least March 31. All outdoor spaces remain open.

As the coronavirus panic continues to empty store shelves of toilet paper, Dirty Dick’s Crab House in Nags Head on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is advertising a “free roll of toilet paper with every entree.”

FOR THE RECORD: The nation’s supply chain of toilet paper is well supplied. So no need to hoard.

In Massachusetts, campground closures include Beartown State Forest Campground in Monterey, Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground in Charlemont, Scusset Beach State Reservation Campground in Sagamore Beach, Daughters of the American Revolution Campground in Goshen, and Savoy Mountain State Forest Campground in Florida, Mass.

The 25th Annual RV SuperSaver Show in Fort Myers, Florida, has been canceled. The annual event was scheduled to take place at the CenturyLink-Lee County Sports Complex March 27 to 29.

Amazon is hiring an additional 100,000 employees to staff its warehouses and delivery network. It also plans to give its employees a $2-per-hour raise through April. The company told sellers and vendors on Tuesday that it was suspending shipments of all nonessential products to its warehouses until April 5 to deal with the increased workloads following the coronavirus outbreak. The change only affects shipments to Amazon’s warehouses, not the last-mile deliveries to consumers.

Some grocery stores are hiring workers to stock shelves, and work as delivery drivers and part-time cashiers. Among them: Safeway, Raleys, Albertsons, Whole Foods (Amazon), Andronico’s, Vons, H-E-B, Ralphs, Harris Teeter, Tom Thumb, Fred Meyer, King Soopers,  and Pak ’N Save. Costco is also hiring. NBC 10 in Los Angeles reports that the Woodland Hills store has “an average of 1,300 people waiting outside” when it opens. Work campers may want to check with their local stores for job availabilities. Walmart says it is okay for now.

Domino’s Pizza is hiring. Check your local stores. Also, check before you head out for your next fish fry: many are being cancelled.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has announced that the Garden State’s state parks, forests, recreation areas, wildlife management areas and historic areas will remain open to the public for passive recreation, like hiking, amid the spread of the coronavirus. But restrooms, visitor centers and campgrounds will be closed until further notice.

Zion National Park has suspended its shuttle operation. The park will remain open, and visitors will be allowed to drive through and park in the limited available parking.

MGM Resorts International announced Sunday it is temporarily suspending operations at all Las Vegas properties “until further notice.” The company operates the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor, New York-New York, Excalibur, and Park MGM.

The Harry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Washington State’s Mount Rainier National Park is closed.

FAKE NEWS: Snopes reports that text messages advising Americans that the president will order a “mandatory quarantine” or “national lockdown” within 48 to 72 hours because of the COVID-19 pandemic are bogus, the U.S. National Security Council said in a tweeted statement this week. The false messages had gone viral on social media.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Illinois governor JB Pritzker has ordered all restaurants and bars in the state closed to customers until at least March 30, in a sweeping measure aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Under the order, restaurants still will be able to serve customers at drive-through windows and curbside pickup. —Thanks to reader Bette Soloman for alerting us to this news.

And reader Melissa Wells reports that the governor ordered all Illinois State Parks closed, too, until further notice. If you have questions call (217)-882-6752.

Fantasy RV Tours has postponed its RV tour to the San Antonio Fiesta until November.

Indiana has ordered restaurants, nightclubs and bars to close dining-in services through the end of March. Takeout and delivery will still be allowed.

Grand Canyon National Park has cancelled interpretive talks as well as the interior interpretive venues at the visitor center.

Texas State Parks remain open. If you want to cancel your stay, cancellation fees will be waived. Call (512) 389-8900.

The Cajun RV Rally in Rayne, Louisiana, scheduled for April 2-7, has been cancelled and rescheduled for April, 2021.

Camping World’s stock has tanked along with other RV stocks. Here’s an insight into the company’s problems, titled “Camping World’s Achilles’ heel.”

The following Pennsylvania state parks are currently closed: Evansburg, Fort Washington, Norristown Farm, Ridley Creek, Marsh Creek, White Clay Creek, Delaware Canal, Nockamixon, Neshaminy, Ralph Stover, Tyler, Washington Crossing, Goat Hill and Serpentine Barrens. The public should avoid these parks.

Chick-fil-A is temporarily closing dining room seating to help limit person-to-person contact. Drive-thru still open.

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California has called for all people 65 and older to shelter at home and asked all bars, brewpubs, nightclubs and wineries to close. He said restaurants could remain open, but they must reduce current occupancy by half in order to allow for more “social distancing” among diners. In LA, all bars, restaurants, event centers, movie theaters, and gyms will close.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the largest urban national parks, has announced the closure of Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center, and Marin Headlands Visitor Center, among others.

PLENTY OF FOOD: The nation’s biggest retailers, dairy farmers and meat producers say the surge of buying may have temporarily emptied shelves, but the food supply is fine.


Monday, March 16, 2020

Not only has New Mexico State Parks closed its campgrounds, but also closed are its Corps of Engineers (CEO) Parks, according to reader Candy Pitcher. “We were hit with the New Mexico State Park closures this weekend,” she wrote. “Reservation at Conchas Lake State Park – closed. Ranger told us to try COE campgrounds, so we continued our drive to Cochiti Lake COE just west of Santa Fe. Was open Friday morning, but by the time we arrived Friday late afternoon, they had closed without contacting anyone. There are RVers there, but no new campers allowed. We headed back to Santa Fe (SF Skies RV Park) to spend one night and re-plan. Saturday morning we headed out to Tent Rocks National Monument (which was open Friday evening) only to find it closed. Tribal Council has closed it for at least 3 weeks.

The New Hampshire Camping & RV Show, scheduled for March 27-29, has been canceled and rescheduled for September.

From San Antonio, Texas, from reader Teri Blaschke: The Sea World and Fiesta TX amusement parks are closed until further notice. Additionally, many RVers travel to Lackland AFB to watch their loved ones graduate and stay in San Antonio RV parks. While the parks are all open, Lackland is currently not permitting families to visit the base for graduations.

From reader Carrie Andress: Boondockers Welcome hosts are still welcoming guests as usual. Here is our latest blog post which has great tips for RVers.

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has temporarily closedLikewise, a significant number of national museums across the country, including the Smithsonian and all presidential museums and libraries, have already closed their doors to help support community health and well-being.

TOILET PAPER TIP: From readers Jim and Connie Bridge: “Your March 15 edition mentioned ordering toilet paper via Amazon.com. Consider sourcing through office supply firms. We ordered toilet paper through Staples.com, which delivered it free the next day. It also works for cleaning supplies.”


FMCA, the Family Motor Coach Association, canceled its March 26 to 29 International Rally in Tucson, Arizona. Up to 4,000 RVers were originally expected. Read more.


New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.


Due to New Mexico state banning public gatherings in response to coronavirus, all New Mexico State Parks are now closed to overnight camping. All 35 state parks will remain open for day use. The overnight camping ban will expire on April 9 unless extended. Visitors with overnight camping reservations will be issued a full refund. For details visit the State Parks website.

U.S. National Parks and their facilities remain open during the coronavirus epidemic in the United States while National Park Service (NPS) officials await further guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agency staff said Thursday.

The Navajo Nation is moving to close all Navajo Nation Tribal Parks, including four popular sites in Arizona, due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. Closures in Arizona include Four Corners Monument, Little Colorado River Tribal Park, Canyon de Chelly Campground, and Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park, also known as Antelope Canyon.

The Freightliner Chassis Owners Club has canceled its March 18-22 rally in Hemet, California. “The age group for rally participants is also of concern as many are in the over 60 population. Social distancing is difficult if not impossible at one of our rallies and the risk of community-spread is now considered too high to take a chance,” the group noted on its website.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has closed these campgrounds until at least April 1: Daughters of the American Revolution Campground, Goshen; Savoy Mountain State Forest Campground, Florida; Beartown State Forest Campground, Monterey; Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground, Charlemont; Scusset Beach State Reservation Campground, Sagamore Beach.

Yesterday, the National Park Service temporarily suspended elevator tours in the Washington Monument. Visitors may continue to enjoy the grounds as well as other monuments along the National Mall. Other closures include the Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Institution museums, and the National Zoo.

All events and group activities have been canceled at Florida State Parks. Day use and camping are unaffected.

Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, Louisiana, is closed to the public because of its proximity to New Orleans which had almost all of the state’s 67 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Saturday afternoon. The park is being used as a possible overflow isolation area. Campground reservations have been canceled through April 13.

San Francisco will use RVs stationed throughout the city to house members of its homeless population who are infected with the coronavirus for self-quarantine. According to KTVU, the office of Mayor London Breed announced the plan Tuesday. It will apply to people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, who have been exposed to it but don’t need hospitalization and who aren’t able to self-isolate in shared spaces like homeless shelters, SROs, or on the street. In King County, Wash., officials plans to turn 30 RVs into temporary housing for isolating infected persons.

The Augusta (Georgia) RV Show went off as planned this weekend at the Augusta Civic Center, but was limited to 250 people at a time.

At this time, all of Harvest Hosts 1,390 Hosts (including golf courses) are still available for overnight stays. A membership in Harvest Hosts allows free stays at any of these locations — most at farms, wineries, microbreweries and other unique locations.

Many casinos around the country have temporarily shut down. Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion dollar casino in Everett, Massachusetts, that opened last June, closed today for at least two weeks. The state’s gaming commission also closed Massachusetts’ other two casinos: the MGM Springfield and the Plainridge Park Casino. Other casinos have closed in Ohio, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Many casinos in other states and on Indian reservations have closed down parts of their operations.

All large programs and large events at Fort Macon State Park in Georgia have been canceled through April 24.

Forget chowing down on free food samples at Costco: The warehouse club is no longer giving them out due to coronavirus concerns. Stay tuned.

California State Parks will suspend tours of Hearst Castle beginning tomorrow. The visitor center and its food service and gift shop will remain open.

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., has closed temporarily.

Effective last Friday all public programs, events and trainings in Pennsylvania State Parks and forests are canceled for the remainder of March and the month of April. With the exception of three state parks in Montgomery County, DCNR facilities throughout the state will remain open, pending any changes in COVID-19 spread. Camping is still permitted. More.

In response to coronavirus concerns, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, will be closed to the public from Sunday, March 15, through Saturday, March 28.

Fort Wilderness Campground at Walt Disney World in Florida is open and offering a 20% discount for stays Sunday through Thursday from March 29 to May 21. Disney World is closed (as is Disneyland in the West).

British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec have all banned events larger than 250 people.

Barring any future notices, the Alabama State Parks remain open and it’s business as usual. Visit its social media pages and alapark.com to stay informed on any future announcements.

Dockweiler Beach RV residents were asked to vacate the Los Angeles RV park on Friday “due to the need for emergency shelter related to the COVID-19 virus.” The park said that county emergency services required the space to shelter individuals impacted by the coronavirus.

Walmart said Saturday that it will modify its store hours. Beginning today, all of Walmart’s more than 4,700 U.S. stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. The company said the shortened hours will help employees restock shelves overnight and clean stores.

At first glance all looks normal in Las Vegas. But look closer: buffets are closing, nightclubs and day clubs are shuttering and resorts are using thermal cameras to screen guests for fevers – a symptom of the coronavirus.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will be temporarily closed as of March 16 until further notice for the health and safety of employees and guests to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Monaco International, a large chapter of FMCA, has canceled its pre-rally scheduled the week before the big international rally in Tucson, which was canceled on Friday.

The Good Sam Spring Rally (Samboree) scheduled for next month in Okeechobee, Florida, has been canceled.

Georgia state officials are preparing Hard Labor Creek State Park in Morgan County for isolating and monitoring patients who may have been exposed to the disease caused by the coronavirus. The government has already installed seven emergency trailers there and other related materials are on the way.


PHOTO: U.S. Library of Congress

ANOTHER TIME,
ANOTHER HEALTH CRISIS

In 1937, Dr. L.E. Burney and nurse Fran Miller traveled in a new travel trailer-laboratory just completed for the United States Public Health Service. The mobile lab was the latest  weapon in war against syphilis. Here, a patient is interviewed in Washington, D.C. After a short stay there, the clinic-on-wheels, which was “fully equipped in every respect,” traveled to Georgia for use in a syphilis control project there. At the time, syphilis was a widespread problem and there was no safe and effective treatment.


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All scheduled programs and events have been canceled at Nevada State Parks through March. The parks remain open.

The famed music festival in Coachella, known for drawing hundreds of thousands to the California desert, many of them with RVs, has been postponed until October.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence said today that the administration is considering some domestic travel restrictions, specifically with regards to certain areas hard hit with the coronavirus. “We are considering a broad range of measures,” Pence added during the briefing. There have been internal discussions about restricting travel to areas in Washington state and other places considered “hot spots” for the virus.

Canceled or postponed RV Shows

The York RV Show in York, PA, scheduled for March 20-22, has been postponed.

The Sport, Boat, and RV show planned for this weekend at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, Kentucky, has been canceled.

This weekend’s 62nd annual Portland (Oregon) Metro Dealers RV Show has been canceled in connection with ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

The Sacramento Boat & RV Show has been canceled. It was originally scheduled for this weekend.

The 2020 Colorado Springs RV & Travel Expo has been canceled It was originally scheduled for April 2-4.

The Central Valley Sportsmen’s Boat and RV Show in Bakersfield, Calif., scheduled for this weekend, has been postponed to May 15-17 due to the coronavirus.

Michigan shows canceled: the 25th Port Huron RV & Camping Show, March 14-15, the 43rd Annual Flint RV & Camping Show, March 20-22, and the Northwest Michigan RV & Camping Show, March 27-29.

The 2020 Springfield (Illinois) RV Show has been canceled. It was originally scheduled for March 20-22.

The Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show has canceled its event (that included RV displays) set for this weekend in Redmond, Oregon.

The 2020 Baton Rouge New Orleans RV Show, scheduled for later this week, has been postponed.

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EDisbrow
4 months ago

FL state parks are closed….even day use. SAFETY UPDATES
At the direction of Governor DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people, DEP will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23.

DEP has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our state parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation. Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work to prioritize the welfare of our communities and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again to our award winning state parks as soon as possible.

Toni Kaus
4 months ago

Sequoia National Park campgrounds will close Friday, March 20. I learned this via an email from Recreation.gov, cancelling our March 30- April 1 reservation. Confirmed by park personnel, who said the decision was made within the last hour, and their website is not yet updated.

PennyPA
4 months ago

I CANNOT fathom why a state park would close its campgrounds but still allow the day use area to remain open!!

Jim Lakatos
4 months ago

Kartchner Caverns in Arizona cancelled all cave tours until further notice. Campground remains open so far.

Panela Stanley
4 months ago

Notified the Escapee RV bootcamp in April located in Vegas is cancelled. Refunds issued.

Heather Garcia
4 months ago

Hi a friend and her family (husband and kids) are RVing and need some advice.

We’re scrambling to figure out what to do. We don’t have a way to shelter in place as we’ve only used short term reservations, parks are closing, and we need access to electric. Trying to figure out where we should go and hoping to find somewhere for the long term since I believe it is going to be a few months before business returns to normal. Anyone have room for an RV? 😕

in Cali and hoping to leave! Lol. We thought about going back to AZ, or we know parks in TX and GA that may be a good spot for us (if they’re still open) we think we may have better luck with private property who won’t close/kick us out.

Norma S
4 months ago
Reply to  Heather Garcia

If you’re in California try Bakersfield – Orange Grove RV Park – they are still open for business http://orangegrovervpark.com/

PennyPA
4 months ago
Reply to  Heather Garcia

Join the Boondockers Welcome group. Also, AOK Camper Park in Amarillo TX usually has a few spots open. It’s along I-40. But call before you go. Our campground here has 4 spots open. We’re along I-27 close to the Amarillo/Canyon line.

K holt
4 months ago
Reply to  Heather Garcia

We are at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Ok. Very nice park. Not closing, good security and some that stay yearly.
We are leaving for Red Bay however this is best park around. 1 1/2 hour from Okla City South on I-35.
5.35 month.

Connie Grade
4 months ago
Reply to  Heather Garcia

Many RV Parks are open and provide full hookups and security…..

Norma S
4 months ago

Campgrounds within Death Valley National Park are closed as of March 18: Furnace Creek, Mesquite Spring, Texas Springs, and Emigrant campgrounds. Stovepipe Wells and Sunset campgrounds will close March 19 (due to shortage of CDC recommended PPE to protect custodians from COVID-19 spread). Visitor Centers are also ‘temporarily’ closed at Furnace Creak and Stovepipe Wells.

However, the motel rooms and the RV hook-up area at Stovepipe Wells remaining OPEN (as they are not part of the National Park organization). I had called them yesterday as we have reservations for next week. So far they are honoring all reservations.

Tom H.
4 months ago

Had reservations for Old Federal Campground, on Lake Lanier, northeast of Atlanta for 3rd week of April. They cancelled yesterday and refunded our money. Not sure what date they actually close. It is COE, or Natl’ Forest.

Barry Hiatt
4 months ago

CORRECTION RE:FLORIDA All events and group activities have been canceled at Florida State Parks. Day use and camping are unaffected.INCORRECT.

MARCH 17, 2020
Florida State Parks and Resilience and Coastal Protection Facility Updates
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The safety and welfare of our employees and the public we serve are of top priority to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). As we continue to monitor the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DEP is taking proactive measures and preventative actions to protect visitors, staff and volunteers.

Currently Florida State Parks remain open for day use, however, effective immediately, all Florida State Parks are changing day-use visitation hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, DEP is cancelling all events, activities, special event reservations, pavilion rentals and camping reservations at Florida State Parks for the next 60 days.

Existing overnight camping reservations that begin Wednesday, March 18, will be honored. Visitors must arrive prior to 5 p.m. on March 18, to secure their reservation. After Wednesday, all reservations moving forward will be cancelled and refunded. Beginning Friday, March 20, campgrounds and all overnight accommodations will be fully closed.

ReserveAmerica, the Florida State Parks partner in camping reservations, will reach out to all affected parties to refund camping reservations. ReserveAmerica can also be reached directly at 1-800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287 if visitors have questions or need to modify existing reservations.

DEP’s Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection facilities will also be closing the following centers until further notice:

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
These decisions are in-line with guidance from the CDC to avoid the gathering of large groups of people. DEP and Florida State Parks recognize the nature of the situation surrounding COVID-19 and acknowledge these decisions may change quickly. We will continue to keep the public informed on the Florida State Parks webpage, all social media channels and through press releases, as the situation continues to develop. The department will provide updates when events and activities will resume.

For the protection of our staff and our day-use visitors, all state parks, aquatic preserves and NERRs have been provided with signage and guidance on preventative actions to reduce transmission of respiratory illness. All staff are fully informed and utilizing the protocol urged by the CDC and Florida Department of Health. Surfaces and areas that are frequently touched are consistently disinfected throughout the day, and all facilities are regularly and thoroughly cleaned to protect visitor safety.

DEP continues to be in close communication with the Governor’s Office, the Florida Department of Health and CDC regarding the most recent COVID-19 status. For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The call center is available 24 hours a day.

For additional information on Florida State Parks, please contact 850-245-2157. For additional information on Office Resilience and Coastal Protection facilities, contact DEP’s Office of Public Services at 850-245-2118.

I received my notification of camping reservations today (3/18/20)

Rick Nichols
4 months ago

All New Mexico State parks are now completely closed. No camping at all.
No day camping, no fishing. Entrances are blocked off. No reservations .

Cathy
4 months ago

Hoping anyone can answer or tell me who to contact. My predicament is that I must drive my RV to the manufacturer from Tennessee to Indiana. My intention was to pull my personal vehicle and return home once I have delivered the RV to the manufacturer. Due to this coronavirus situation I am wondering if there are any issues or stipulations with driving from state to state. I am aware of park closings and the fact that several businesses are changing their hours. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

Norma S
4 months ago
Reply to  Cathy

First contact the Indiana manufacturer to confirm they will/will not be open before you head out.

From our mandate in California, it’s been stated to avoid ‘unnecessary travel’ during the “shelter in place” situation. However, we are not under U.S. Marshall Law, so road driving should be ok, as long as you’re on a specific mission (i.e. dropping off vehicle for service and heading straight home). We don’t expect highway patrol to stop every car on the freeways to question every person “why are you out here”, etc. There are real crimes being committed in the US, so I would hope our law enforcement would concentrate on serious situations than managing who should be out on the road.

Tallwalker
4 months ago
Reply to  Cathy

Be sure the manufacturer is actually open.
Plot your travel. Call ahead to any stops you plan to make.

R L
4 months ago

fyi – NC has closed overnight/camping at State Parks – trails and restrooms to remain open (for now) 3/16 11pm EDT.

Beverly Haddad
4 months ago

Hollywood Casino and RV park is closing 3-17-2020. No one notified those of us who were staying here.

Marsi
4 months ago

Thank you so much for the info and updates!

Jill Ribich
4 months ago

Florida State Parks closing as of Friday.

Chuck Wasson
4 months ago
Reply to  Jill Ribich

This is sadly true for 60 days

SmallRVlifestyle
4 months ago

I wonder why some State Parks closes down.

Angelita
4 months ago

Thanks for the valuable information!!!!

Linda Snider
4 months ago

Many attractions in the San Diego area now closed: zoo, Safari Park, Legoland, Midway, etc.

Linda Crawford
4 months ago

Thank you these updates are important!

Chris
4 months ago

Chumash Casino in the Santa Ynez Valley of California is closing at midnight tonight.