RV Coronavirus News Update, March 29, 2020

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Disneyland and Disney World will be closed until further notice. Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will remain closed as well. Earlier this month, Disney had announced its theme parks and hotels would remain closed only through the end of March. Universal Orlando and Legoland also extended their closures.

The Fort Wilderness RV Resort at Disney World is also closed.

REV Group has suspended normal production activities at all four RV production facilities in Indiana and California. Its RV brands: American Coach, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Fleetwood, Renegade RV and Lance. The company’s service centers will continue to perform essential support to meet dealers’ and end-customers’ technical, warranty and parts requests.

Elkhart County, Indiana, home to the RV industry, now has 11 cases of COVID-19. The first case in the state was March 6. The statewide total as of Saturday, March 28, was 1,232.

All developed recreation sites, including campgrounds, on Bureau of Management Lands (BLM) in California are now closed to all forms of public access.

Utah State Parks is closing all its state parks Monday until further notice. Exceptions: local county residents.


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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is temporarily closing campgrounds, lodging and rental facilities until May 1, 2020, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming is closed to all park visitors until further notice. Also in Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is closed.

Many golf courses are closed across the USA. Check your local course before heading out to play a round.

In an effort to better enforce the spirit of “Stay Home, Save Lives,” lodgings on the Southern Oregon coast are now largely off-limits to visitors, reserved instead for essential workers and vulnerable populations. The City of Brookings adopted a resolution on Thursday for motels, vacation rentals, bed & breakfasts and RV parks, closing them to anyone but those deemed essential.

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The long-time roadside attraction Trees of Mystery along U.S. 101 in the northern California redwood country, is closed.

In an ongoing effort to discourage tourists from traveling to Galveston, Texas, during the coronavirus crisis, the city has ordered hotel guests and short-term guests in RV parks to leave the island. “It’s our intent to get tourists off the island,” explained the mayor.

Fort Collins, Colorado, is temporarily letting residents use RVs as an option for social distancing and self-quarantine during the coronavirus outbreak. People are allowed to use the RVs for working, living or sleeping purposes to promote social distancing or quarantine.

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If you have an RV and are not currently using it, consider donating it to a medical doctor for use during the pandemic. A new group has formed, RVs 4 MDs, to facilitate such arrangements. Learn more at its site on Facebook.

Bend, Oregon, is discouraging tourists from coming. The city said it might ban all “non-essential travel” if too many people — residents or visitors — don’t comply, and the problem worsens.

ODD STUFF: If you’re in Nebraska you can now get alcoholic beverages to go with your takeout order. In Washington state, marijuana shops are considered an essential businesses.

San Juan County in southwest Colorado, has evicted all short-term RVers and other tourists who are there on pleasure trips. “We wanted to send a clear message that if you’re coming here to stay in a hotel to hike and bike and do other things that aren’t necessary, you aren’t welcome,” said Kirk Benge, director of public health.

RV parks have been ordered to close in Macon County, Georgia.

Amazon has removed more than half a million listings that it believes involve price gouging. It says it is monitoring sellers to make sure they are not price gouging or making false claims related to COVID-19.

Hiking trails at Los Angeles’ Griffith Park and other hiking trails throughout Los Angeles County as well as parking lots for beaches and state parks are now closed.

Tillamook County, on the Oregon Coast, has closed all county, state and federal parks within the county as well as all parking lots and access points to beaches. Shut down: boat launches, motels, hotels, short-term vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and RV parks.


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Mississippi State Parks are open to self-contained units. Offices, bathrooms, etc., are closed.

Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT), announced Friday that the department is limiting the use of campgrounds to RVs with self-contained bathrooms.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo says he will sue Rhode Island if it does not roll back a policy of stopping all cars (and RVs) with New York license plates.

Del Norte County in Northern California has closed county parks to camping except for hosts or other campers expressly authorized by the county for stays of 30 days or longer. Hotels, motels, RV parks and private campgrounds are also barred from housing anyone for less than a 30-day period, though it does make some exceptions.

OUCH!
Julianna Guy shared this on our RV Coronavirus News group at Facebook. “Stayed in Martinsburg WV last night. I swear we didn’t see the ‘no overnight parking’ signs. Woke up to a windshield boot and a $435 fine. Beware! We were parked at the Grand Home Furnishing lot of the Foxcroft Towne Center at Martinsburg. It’s a big space with lots of big box stores.”


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Marvin Awtry
5 months ago

The Sheriff of Deschutes County Oregon said on Friday from the La Pine Senior Center where he handed out lunches that his deputies would not be handing out tickets for or stopping those traveling on the highways and roads. The Gov ordered only essential travelers move about. Some local businesses have issued letters to their employees that they are essential and have approval to travel to work.

Brenda
5 months ago

South Carolina state parks closed as of today.

Liz Cress
5 months ago

Well we are here in Tucson AZ workamping until at least mid April maybe longer. The state is doing ok. Our park is only open to those who are here or had a reservation made earlier. There are no amenities right now except one bathroom open to guests and the laundry room. We only go out for groceries or other necessaries. Be safe people be smart…
🙂🙏🙏 this to will pass…

Dennis
5 months ago

Here’s a new take on hand washing,,,
https://youtu.be/OxOJ7hh3H-I

Leanne Hopkins
5 months ago

I’m so happy to hear about Mississippi and Arkansas RV camping policies. How can this intelligent policy be encouraged to spread country wide?

Timothy Hardy
5 months ago

The RV parks in Macon County, GA have been ordered closed? You mean both of them? I live in the next county and never knew Macon County had an RV park. And if you Google RV parks in Macon County, you get a list that includes many parks that are not in Macon County and are, in some cases, several counties away. Things are getting tough for RVers.

PennyPA
5 months ago

And Colorado.

Diamonds
5 months ago

Colorado State Parks are closed to camping and Colorado National Forest campgrounds are closed as well (many not yet opened for the season), but closure in place at least until end of March or later.

gigi
5 months ago

Going to the Keys in FL? If you are not a Keys resident you will be stopped from proceeding any further at the causeway. The campgrounds are also closed.

PennyPA
5 months ago

Kudos to Mississippi and Arkansas!!!

Bill and Kit
5 months ago

Thanks folks, we left Southern Arizona for our home on coastal Maine one week ago today. Traveled through 10 states in our “shelter on wheels” and only went outside to pump fuel, using gloves and wipes to minimize exposure to the virus. Many campgrounds are open to overnight guests utilizing non-contact check in protocols. As one can imagine, traffic was light with the predominate vehicles being long haul trucks, followed closely by snowbird RV’rs heading home. Thank you to Chuck and the hard working staff at RV Travel for concise and up to date travel conditions and restrictions. We are voluntary paid subscribers via PayPal and today we are doubling our monthly contribution in appreciation for all you do.

Eddie
5 months ago

Stayed in Martinsburg. On the other side of the building where you were is Walmart Supercenter, free overnight parking.