Editor’s note: This column was written by officials at RoverPass, which offers a reservation/management platform to campground owners. To learn more about RoverPass click here.
The Fourth of July is one of the most exciting and enjoyable holidays of the year. Not only do we get to celebrate our nation’s independence, but it’s also a great time to be outdoors with family and friends. Spending time in the summer heat, cooking barbeque, making smores, and camping is always the ideal way to spend this holiday as an American. Unfortunately, things are different this year.
We were hoping by now things would have settled back down to normal, but they haven’t. With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, it looks like the pandemic isn’t going away any time soon. That means if you’re lucky enough to even be open this Fourth of July weekend, preparation to keep your campground safe for your guests and employees is of the utmost importance, which can seem very overwhelming.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered! Below we’ve put together a quick list of tips for you to follow to make sure your campground is safe and ready to go for this upcoming Fourth of July weekend.
Create An Hourly Cleaning Schedule
Having a scheduled maintenance plan is highly recommended and is even enforced in several states. Making sure your team is cleaning and disinfecting common areas will be key to keeping your campground safe.
Be sure to maintain a visible cleaning log outside of enclosed common areas, such as bathrooms and showers, to keep records of cleaning recurrences. This will not only keep you updated with scheduled cleanings, but it will also provide peace of mind to your campers.
Make sure to use disinfectants as recommended by the CDC to be sure virus-spreading bacterias do not accumulate. Always check your local state’s requirements for updates on cleaning and disinfecting your campground.
Enforce Masks at All Indoor Facilities
At this point, enforcing the use of masks is a must. Making sure your campers and employees are safe is your number one priority. And with the possible influx of visitors for the fourth of July weekend, enforcing visitors to use masks whenever indoors, or when in close proximity outdoors, is crucial for the safety of everyone.
Place signs in and around bathrooms, offices, guest check-ins, and any other commonly used areas to remind guests that wearing their masks is pivotal to keep fellow campers safe. Make sure the signs are easily visible to visitors.
Discourage Gatherings of Large Groups
Though the Fourth of July should be a time to be with family and friends, sadly, this year this is highly discouraged.
Make sure that large groups of people do not congregate for long periods of time. If large groups of people are gathering, make sure to enforce social distancing.
To further discourage gatherings of large groups of people, closing off popular outdoor common areas such as pavilions or barbeque areas is recommended.
Enforce Social Distancing
Enforcing social distancing is an obvious and necessary step to keeping your team and visitors out of harm’s way.
Setting up visuals in and around the campground to remind visitors to keep a healthy distance of six feet is good practice. Make sure to set up distance markers at 6ft width in any areas that require queuing.
To keep campers safe in enclosed commonly-used facilities, set a maximum occupancy. Allowing only a certain number of people in particular areas at any given time will assist with maintaining social distancing standards.
Know Your State’s Regulations and Requirements
Having a strong understanding of regulations and requirements for your particular state is highly-recommended. Knowing exactly what is expected of you and your campground will not only keep you out of trouble but will also show your visitors you care for their safety.
Closely follow your state’s requirements to avoid any future issues. If any requirements are unclear, be sure to contact your local government offices for clarity.
Give a Brief Orientation to Incoming Guests
With so many new policies and changes, providing your guests with a brief orientation of what is expected of them is good practice. Not only that, but it also avoids any confusion or misunderstandings during their stay.
By giving your incoming campers an update of all the new changes and requirements, they can prepare for their trip accordingly.
Providing them with a printed (or printable) sheet showing all the new policies, changes, and requirements during their stay is extremely helpful for your guests. This will alleviate any unanswered questions they may have concerning safety procedures.
Train Employees on New Procedures
Training your employees is essential to a smooth and effortless Fouth of July weekend.
By providing your employees with the proper training ahead of time on new policies, you can rest assured that they will be well-equipped to manage the increase in visitors while handling the new changes.
Be sure to provide your employees with the proper tools and protective equipment to safely execute their job requirements. This is not only essential as a campground owner, but it is ethical.
Following the guidelines provided by the CDC as well as OSHA’s requirements to reduce your workers’ risk of infection is strongly advised.