RV Coronavirus News Update, March 30, 2020

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Thank you to all the RV Travel readers who have sent us information, much of which we have included here. We have been working so fast that we have not had time to thank you all. So thank you! (You know who you are.)

Read yesterday’s extensive news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting RVers.

Motorists entering Florida are being directed to weigh stations by law enforcement officers who will allow them to either return to the interstate or to pull aside for further screening. The travelers will need to complete a form with each traveler’s contact information and trip details. Failure to complete the form and failure to follow any isolation or quarantine order from DOH are a violation of Florida law.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado will delay the opening of the Piñon Flats Campground from April 1 to May 1 (or later).

California State Parks announced yesterday that it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The announcement came one day after many state parks experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social distancing practices.

In Rhode Island, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed an order that will demand all travelers coming into the state to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Hovenweep Campground in Hovenweep National Monument in Utah and Colorado will be closed through April or until guidance changes.

ABOVE: The manufacturers of this three-wheeled electric camper, the Tuk Tuk, are promoting it as ideal for social distancing. “What if your home had three wheels and an electric motor to move itself and you around so that you can apply the social distancing norms that are now in place?” the company asks on its website. … Okay, but we’re thinking this might be a little cramped to spend months on end. And, oh yeah, top speed is 25 mph. We’ll pass…

All campgrounds are closed in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park.

In the town of Emerald Isle, Florida, nobody can rent a hotel or motel room, rental housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite or any other accommodation through Wednesday, April 29.

Designated campgrounds in Arkansas’ Buffalo National River Park closed today to overnight stays, temporarily transitioning to day use only, with hours of 6 a.m.–8 p.m.

Currently, BLM-managed lands in Arizona are open, including campgrounds, day-use areas and trails. Existing rules and regulations apply. Entrance and day-use fees have been waived. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals and use of special areas will remain in effect. BLM lands remain available for dispersed camping and other outdoor recreation activities, unless otherwise prohibited.

FREE FISHING: The Missouri Department of Conservation is waiving permit requirements for residents and non-residents through April 15 for sport fishing and daily trout tags for anglers whose fishing privileges are not otherwise suspended. So go ahead and drop in your line. Good luck!

All of Montana’s Lolo National Forest campgrounds, rental cabins and lookouts will be temporarily closed at least through April 30. All outhouses and public restrooms located in the forest area will also be closed.


HOUSEHOLD & HAND SANITIZERS. If you’re concerned about keeping germs away, there are plenty of products here to do the job.


The BLM Vale District, Idaho, has temporarily closed its campgrounds and recreation sites until further notice. They include all developed Vale BLM campgrounds in Malheur County and on the Baker Resource Area.

Costco has expanded its hours for members ages 60 and older and for those with physical impairments to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Many or most developed campgrounds and certain other recreation sites on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be closed until further notice for the health and safety of visitors and staff. A full list of restricted areas is available here.

TOILET PAPER THIEVES: Campgrounds and restrooms in the Amistad National Recreation Area near Del Rio, Texas, known for its lake that spans the U.S.–Mexico border, had partly reopened last week. But it has closed again, including its campgrounds, in part because of people cutting padlocks off toilet paper dispensers in restrooms to steal the toilet paper, which caused extensive damage.

Iowa’s state parks have closed restrooms through April 15 and will limit camping to enclosed campers due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visitors must bring their own hand sanitizers because no soap will be provided.

Effective immediately, all Redwood National and State Parks parking areas are closed to vehicles. The parks are along or near U.S. 101 in Northern California.

Barricades are up and signs notify visitors to Alberta’s provincial parks that they are closed. Only foot traffic can enter.

Most KOA campgrounds are open, but some are closed. Here’s an update of what’s closed. Because of the unusual situation, KOA has suspended its $10 cancellation fee through the end of April.

ABOVE: With some luck you might win some toilet paper in this restroom. Thanks to John Ingebretson for providing a laugh!


Can’t find something at your local store? Amazon may have it.


HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this short video shows you the most effective way to wash your hands to get rid of germs.


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GeorgeB

HOUSEHOLD & HAND SANITIZERS.
I looked at several and they all had delivery dates two to three months away.

travilenman

Just found out that Costco will be closing @ 6:30 starting today 3/30/2020–gas stations @ 7:30…Weekend hours are the same…….

teubner

Many government entities are putting a moratorium on evictions. Apparently that doesn’t apply to campgrounds.

Tommy Molnar

We’re still here on Plamosa Rd near Quartzsite, AZ but leaving today. We got the impression early on that the BLM had loosened it’s rules. We haven’t seen a single ‘ranger’ in the 10 days we were here, and the areas that say “Day Use Only” have many folks camped in them. If you’ve been here you know those areas are no different than the allowed camping area.

On the special senior shopping hours (no matter where they are), we find it much better to go shopping during ‘normal’ hours. Fewer and younger folks in the stores!

Gray

Washington State has announced that all recreational fishing has been closed.
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Him: (to wife) “Good news, hon. The government has announced that corona virus testing is now free, all costs covered. So I’m thinking that if we suddenly feel sick, we can count on getting tested. It won’t blow our unemployment savings!
Her: “Not so fast. We just got a letter about our health coverage. Because you got laid off last week, your company policy is cancelled. So maybe it’s better to skip the tests?