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Wisconsin Coronavirus: Door County reopens campgrounds under strict guidelines

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(WFRV) – Door County announced on Wednesday a Revised Health Order to reopen Door County campgrounds.

Door County health officials say the decision to allow campgrounds to open was made in part after campground owners came forward with ideas for practices that aim to ensure a safe environment.

According to Door County, campgrounds will open on April 24 through May 26 or as long as Executive Order is in effect, under these strict guidelines to continue preventing, suppressing, and controlling the COVID-19 virus.

Door County’s guidelines for campgrounds to remain in operation:

  • Only non-dependent camping sites/units (i.e., sites/units with their own bathrooms, kitchens, and showers) may be occupied.
  • Limit all sites/units to members of a single household or living unit.
  • All other private gatherings of any number of people at a site/unit are prohibited.
  • Campers need to maintain social distancing of six feet with anyone outside of their household group.
  • The uses of buildings or public spaces that would encourage social gatherings of any number of people including the closure of exercise facilities, hot tubs, picnic areas, public bathrooms, and showers, swimming areas, and swimming pools are all prohibited.
  • Staff will routinely clean surfaces that are commonly touched by campers with an EPA registered product.
  • Campground owners will encourage social distancing, hand hygiene, and cleaning in the workplace to protect employees.
  • Comply with Emergency Order #28 “Safer at Home”, including the requirements of Sections 13.b (selling groceries and medicine), 13.d (restaurant operations), and 13.e (bar operation).
  • Guests are prohibited from congregating in lobbies or other common areas.
  • Guests will provide adequate space to adhere to social distancing requirements while queuing for the front desk, store, or other services.
  • Guests will comply with all other applicable Wisconsin Department of Health Services guidelines for businesses.

For more information on the Revised Health Order to open Door County campgrounds or the guidelines the guidelines, visit the Door County Government website at, https://www.co.door.wi.gov/.

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Original Story: Door, Manitowoc counties closing campgrounds

THURSDAY, 4/16/2020

Campgrounds in Door and Manitowoc counties will be closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to health officials from Door and Manitowoc counties, the closures are necessary because:

  • Both counties have a large percentage of aged population, and data demonstrates that the aged population is particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus.
  • Campsites draw people from both inside and outside the county.
  • Camping is not an essential activity and encourages non-essential travel.
  • Camping visitors from outside the counties will increase shopping at local stores for
    supplies and groceries, which limits the available supplies for residents.
  • Camping allows for unmonitored congregating of groups greater than ten people, which is
    prohibited under the Safer At Home order.
  • Camping, and activities related to it, reduce the ability to properly social distance, especially in
    communal locations like bathrooms.

Manitowoc County campgrounds are set to close effective May 1 and the closure will remain in effect for as long as needed.

Related: Wisconsin governor orders closure of 40 state parks, forests, recreational areas

In Door County, seasonal campground site occupants who arrived on or before April 15, 2020, may be allowed to remain in place. Any seasonal site occupant that leaves the campground to return to their place of residence is not permitted to return to re-occupy the seasonal site. All seasonal site
occupants that arrived on or before April 15, 2020, are encouraged to return to their residences.
The order is effective as of April 15 and will remain in effect through May 15 or as long as the Safer At Home order lasts.

Under Governor Tony Evers’ Safer At Home order, campgrounds are allowed to remain open as they are considered essential housing, especially for traveling healthcare workers who are contracted to work at facilities statewide.

Many Northeast Wisconsin counties have closed their campgrounds and made changes to other county-owned properties, including:

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