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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced that four Rhode Island state campgrounds are now open to visitors with new restrictions and procedures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to The Valley Breeze.

“We know campers are eager to get outdoors during the warmer weather and we are just as excited to welcome visitors back to state campgrounds,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “We have implemented new procedures to support a safe, accessible return to camping while supporting physical distancing standards. This year, we’re asking campers to take additional steps to protect themselves, their families, and the people around them so everyone can safely enjoy the camping season.”

The following state campgrounds are now open daily:

• Burlingame State Campground, Charlestown
• Charlestown Breachway, Charlestown
• Fishermen’s Memorial Campground, Narragansett
• George Washington Memorial Campground, Glocester

The campground at East Beach in Charlestown will not open this year. East Beach has only 20 campsites that are mostly reserved by non-residents. The reopening guidance would have decreased the number of campsites to 10. DEM made the decision that staffing and monitoring just 10 campsites 24/7 does not make financial or practical sense.

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