Camping Closed | North Carolina, Illinois & (Possibly) Florida State Parks
Camping is closed at more state parks in the USA. As the COVID-19 virus spreads, state-run facilities are closing by the day.
North Carolina and Illinois have officially joined the list of campground closures.
On Monday evening the North Carolina State Park Twitter account posted, “…facilities at NC State Parks, including visitor centers & campgrounds, will suspend public operations beginning Tues., Mar. 17. Trails & restrooms will remain open.”
Likewise, Illinois’ official tweet read, “the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the closure of all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites as well as the cancellation of upcoming scheduled events.”
Are Florida State Parks Open for Camping?
UPDATE: The Florida State Park website has updated their policy today. As of March 17th, camping reservations will be closed for 60 days.
Rootless Magazine (with a comprehensive state park campground status list), was the first to report this closure.
Their resource states:
We’ve heard from multiple sources (including Workampers & Guests) that Florida State Parks are closing down Friday, March 20th. They will be closed for 60 days & ResereAmerica should be in contact with you if you have an affected reservation during the time. – Rootless Living
Many States are using public campgrounds a isolation centers
Louisiana, Georgia and California have selected certain public RV parks and campgrounds to act as coronavirus isolation centers.
A beachfront RV park in Playa Del Rey operated by the county is isolating the infected in onsite RV. Up to 50 RVs are being delivered to the site.
Georgia is hosting patients in an isolated portion of Hard Labor Creek State Park – however, the campground is still hosting campers.
Bayou Segnette in New Orleans is also housing infected.
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