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Ohio campgrounds are set to reopen on May 21.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced several reopening dates Thursday (May 14) for services and activities across the state, including Ohio’s campgrounds, according to WLWT.

Campgrounds can reopen May 21 if they meet safety protocols. Husted said, while many campgrounds are partially open, they will be completely open May 21.

Campground operators, vendors, and campers must adhere to guidelines to keep everyone safe.

MANDATES FOR CAMPGROUND OPERATORS

Campground operators in Ohio must post information throughout the campgrounds and surrounding areas to remind campers to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These messages should inform campers about social distancing. Campers will also be reminded to wear a mask or face covering when entering buildings or interacting with other campers.

The state is requiring that campground operators keep public restrooms, shower houses and laundry facilities clean by sanitizing these areas in the morning and evening, as well as during peak usage times. Operators should also make sure soap dispensers are fully stocked at all times and provide hand sanitizer where water is not available. The number of people inside these facilities at a given time should be limited in order to follow social distancing guidelines.

Campers should not expect full access to campground amenities during this time. Ohio campground operators are mandated to close any nonessential buildings or areas where people could potentially congregate. These include pavilions, pools and splash pads, recreation centers, gyms, playgrounds, jump pads, go-karts, pedal-karts, game rooms, basketball, volleyball and gaga ball.

Campground operators will be installing barriers and protective shields to maintain a safe distance between all customers. In addition, retail equipment will be sanitized after every use.

All campground employees must perform a daily symptom assessment before coming to work to monitor for any COVID-19-related symptoms.

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