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RV Coronavirus News Update, April 5, 2020

Please send your news about the coronavirus pandemic as it applies to RVers to editor@rvtravel or submit it here.

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.)

Did you miss yesterday’s RVtravel Newsletter? Read it here.

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

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Safari International MotorCoach Club rally cancellations: Bushnell, Florida, April 10-13 • Columbia, California, April 23-26 • Durant, Oklahoma, April 28-May 1 • Cincinnati, Ohio, June 18-21.

Kentucky State Parks are open to the public for daytime use only.

Clovis, California, has issued an emergency order waiving restrictions on RV parking. Normal restrictions are being temporarily waived for essential workers who choose to isolate themselves during this time to prevent exposure of COVID-19 to themselves or their family, as well as those individuals ordered to self-isolate by a doctor or public health official. 

Municipal campgrounds in Southampton and Port Elgin in Ontario, Canada, are currently off-limits to campers and the public.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminded its citizens Friday that state parks, beaches and campgrounds are closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills issued an executive order Friday mandating that all travelers arriving in Maine, regardless of where they are from, self-quarantine for 14 days to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The order exempts those providing essential services.

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In Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest, Cobb Ridge and North Fork Campgrounds have been closed.

As of April 4, Theodore National Park visitor centers, campgrounds and a portion of the South Unit road are closed until further notice.

From Daniel McGreevy: In Georgia three Coast to Coast Resorts are closed for about 4 to 6 weeks. Check where you’re headed to see if the one where you are going is affected.

San Juan County, Utah, has prohibited non-residents from leisure travel in the county, including camping in both developed and dispersed sites, and the BLM has temporarily suspended backcountry permits for Cedar Mesa and the San Juan River. Additionally, the Town of Bluff has closed all overnight lodging, and restaurants are no longer operating. Thanks Toni Kaus

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RV parks and campgrounds in Colorado have been deemed “essential” by Gov. Jared Polis in his new stay at home order. Park owners are only allowed, however, to accept guests that are in RVs or otherwise use the park as a permanent residence. “County officials can still impose their own orders, but this is a huge step forward,” said Mary Arlington, executive director of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association.

Yuma, Arizona, has ordered many non-essential services closed, but RV parks, which are considered essential, may remain open.

Scientists think if there is a surge in COVID-19 cases in Washington state the peak will come in a week or two. This state’s timeline is ahead of other areas in the U.S., likely because the virus broke out there first. The state’s quick response may have created a case study of how to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the virus.

Utah’s Governor Hebert has ordered that Utah State Parks only be open to Utah residents who reside within the county where the park is located. 

The Aliner Owners Club has canceled its national rally scheduled for June 14-17 at Mt. Rushmore, according to reader Donald Wright.

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Big Bend National Park in west Texas is now closed “until further notice.” The park had earlier ended overnight camping. Also now closed: Zion National Park (Utah) and North Cascades National Park in Washington state. 

Alabama is now a stay-at-home state.

El Dorado County, California’s chief health official on Friday issued a no-travel order for the Lake Tahoe Basin, telling visitors to stay away from the popular vacation spot. Officials say the area continues to attract too many people, despite a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Thousand Trails noted in a Facebook post that campers currently staying at one of its parks because of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 crisis may stay longer.

The campgrounds at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park and Gypsum City OHV Park in Webster County, Iowa, are closed.

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Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors SuperCenters have reduced operating hours to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time Monday through Saturday and will close on Sundays. The first hour of operation will be reserved for senior customers and at-risk individuals. 

Lowe’s employees are getting a $2 an hour pay raise for April for working during the coronavirus pandemic. The raise applies to all of the company’s full-time, part-time and seasonal hourly workers who are employed at Lowe’s stores, its contact centers and its fulfillment facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

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Beth Holt
2 years ago

Just cancelled our reservation at Fort Amarillo RV Park in Amarillo TX, but learned they are accepting overnight, weekly and monthly travelers. Great place to stay if traveling on I-40 thru the Texas Panhandle.

Denny wagaman
2 years ago

Wow ! A two dollar raise For working in this virus ridden country that we now live in.

OMG a whole two dollars? How generous? These poor people having to work for a measly $2. I pray for them .

How about a $5. An out rIse. No $10 raise. Do you know they would make more in tips than a $2. Raise.
What jerks Lowe’s is. I feel so sorry for those workers that aren’t appreciated do the stock owners can make more $$$. That’s just my humble opinion.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Denny wagaman

Hi, Denny. I’m sure it’s a raise of $2 an hour. (You make it sound like it’s a total raise of $2.) I’m sure they’re grateful to be working at all, and will also be grateful for the raise. A lot of people who have lost their jobs would be grateful for any work, even without a raise, I’m sure. —Diane at

2 years ago

Just a thought.. how about starting the covid 19 news with how many survivors..?

2 years ago

Thousand trails also is cancelling reservations without notice (mine in Florida) and said Friday if you’re already there you can stay but no new reservations through the end of the month.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

The accounting department left us a message, they like your toilet paper photograph. Also, “please remember to use both sides of each sheet of toilet paper”.

2 years ago

Good job! Great advice!

Bob Palin
2 years ago

I believe your paragraph about San Juan county refers to the Utah county where Bluff and Cedar Mesa are located. San Juan County in Colorado has been off limits for a couple of weeks now.

Kim lovejoy
2 years ago

This week, anyone coming into Kentucky from another state must self quarantine for 14 days, one campground call us back and said governor had ordered them to close.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Kim lovejoy

Gotta love this. You have to quarantine for 14 days, but we’re not letting you into our parks . . . (no matter WHAT state we’re talking about).

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