With Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to move up Stage 3 of his Back On Track Plan, campgrounds will be allowed to open for Memorial Day weekend, and campground owners/operators say they are ready to welcome people back in, according to WANE.
Until Holcomb’s announcement on Wednesday (May 20) that he would move stage 3 of his Back on Track plan up two days to May 22, Indiana campgrounds thought they would have to wait until after Memorial Day weekend to open. While the news comes in somewhat short notice, Camp Timber Lake in Huntington and the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Pierceton said they feel they’re prepared to welcome people back.
Camp Timber Lake owner Jonathan Kline said as far as social distancing goes, their sites are far enough apart from each other to be in order with the reopening guidelines. To help protect their campers, they plan on limiting the number of people allowed in the office building at one time. They will also step up their cleaning regimen.
“As far as the bathrooms and the shower area, we stepped up and will actually be doubling the number of times they’re going to be cleaned per day, and sanitized,” said Kline.
The Timber Lake experience will not be entirely unaffected, as they will not be able to carry on with their activities as usual. The beach will be closed and their zipline park will be open on a private tour basis only.
“Generally, in past years we would be open allowing different groups to book with other people,” said Kline. “Under our new regulations, we’re going to only be doing private tours within your family group.”
The Jellystone Park in Pierceton said they do plan to open for Memorial Day weekend but because it is somewhat last minute they are still evaluating what activities they will be able to offer. Given that their campground offers more than 1,000 individual lots, they do not expect to be able to offer activities like live performances.
Like Camp Timber Lake, they will be limiting the number of people in public buildings and stocking up on hand sanitizer but said because most of their lots are privately owned, not much will change for them as far as sanitation.