Social Distancing: National Park Service Waive Fees to Encourage Outdoor Activity
On March 18th the National Park Service announced that it will waive entrance fees to parks that remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt wants to encourage social distancing among Americans by encouraging outdoor activity.
This is a much different approach than many State Parks have taken. Florida, in addition to others, have closed their state parks for 30 days.
Why Are Most National Parks Staying Open and Waiving Fees?
In a news release Bernhardt says:
“Our vast public lands that are overseen by the Department offer special outdoor experiences to recreate, embrace nature and implement some social distancing.”
Additionally he added, “This small step makes it a little easier for the American public to enjoy the outdoors in our incredible National Parks,”
Many RVers have echoed this exact sentiment.
In the midst of state parks closing – full time RVers, in particular have worried about being evicted and having reservations cancelled.
State Parks, unlike National Parks, May Need To Use Facilities to Combat Virus
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.
The Majority of RVers Think State & National Park Campgrounds are Essential Businesses
In a recent poll shared with hundreds of RV enthusiast, 84% think that campgrounds and RV parks should be considered essential businesses.
By closing parks and campgrounds, full time RV travelers and RVers away from home may be left without proper water & electric resources.
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