Information for Campgrounds Regarding COVID-19

Information for Campgrounds Regarding COVID-19: Restrictions on Businesses, Public Gatherings and Social Distancing

Guests for overnight stays and day passes are allowed, provided:

  • The physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and enhanced workplace safety guidelines established for all businesses under are followed as best practices.  You can find the best practices for all businesses here.
  • Employees in public-facing areas wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.
  • Hand washing in bath houses and sanitizing stations for guests and employees are provided.

If any campground cannot adhere to these requirements, it must close.

In addition, campgrounds should consider the recommended precautions from the Center for Disease Control regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Outdoor recreation areas, like campgrounds, may see an influx in visitor numbers and frequency with recent social distancing recommendations. It is imperative for the safety and well-being of staff, guests, and the community that campground operators strive to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Communal buildings:

Under both Executive Order 53 communal buildings (bath houses, camp/convenience stores, laundry facilities) were allowed to remain open; this has not changed. Regulatory requirements for sanitary facilities are still in effect.

  • Campground staff must increase routine cleaning and disinfection procedures with emphasis on frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles, counters, light switches, toilets, etc.). These frequently touched surfaces should be routinely disinfected as a best practice at least every 2 hours during normal hours of staff operation.  The CDC’s website contains detailed information on how to clean and disinfect surfaces here. Campground operators can also find a list of EPA-registered disinfection products here.
  • Campground staff should monitor groups to avoid (and prohibit) social gatherings of 250 or more people. Campground staff should monitor the use of communal areas to encourage social distancing between guests.
  • Campground staff should post signs/posters promoting proper handwashing (soap and water, ≥20 seconds). Staff should also maintain an adequate supply of soap and paper towels (if applicable) in all public restrooms that have sinks. Printable resources are located here on the CDC’s webpage.
  • Campground staff should discourage the disposal of anything other than toilet paper in commodes, as this could lead to damage to public sewers or onsite sewage systems.

Recreation Facilities: 

(Swimming Pools, Visitor Centers, Picnic Areas, Playgrounds)

  • All indoor and outdoor recreational sports, fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, sports facilities, arcades, and exercise facilities must follow the guidelines for Phase 3. Following Guidance for all Business Sectors, campgrounds are strongly encouraged to disinfect frequently-touched surfaces of playgrounds every 2 hours while in operation. Shared recreation or sports equipment (climbing gear, sports gear) must be disinfected with an EPA-approved disinfectant. 
  • Guest must remain 10 feet apart during recreational activities.
  • Hot tubs, spas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features (including slides) must remain closed. Lazy Rivers may operate if tubing is disinfected between uses and the facility can ensure physical distancing in the river feature.
  • Outdoor swimming pools may be open for lap swimming, diving, swimming lessons, and free swim.
  • The concentration and survival of COVID-19 is currently unknown for certain surface types. In areas allowed to remain open, campground staff should monitor use and prohibit access to areas where social distancing and group size cannot be effectively managed. This may include picnic tables, trashcans/dumpsters, communal water supply handles, dump stations, and scenic vistas with handrails. If campground staff are unable to disinfect certain outdoor surfaces, staff are encouraged to post a disclaimer to inform users/guests.

Guest Safety:

  • All social gatherings should be limited to less than 250 people.
  • Campground staff should monitor all public areas to encourage social distancing of guests. To achieve social distancing, guests should maintain 6 feet between persons not in the same household.
  • Guests should also be encouraged to bring disinfecting cleaners and hand sanitizers to supplement hand washing and sanitizing stations provided to guests.

Employee Safety: 

  • Campground staff should stay home if showing symptoms of illness. Even mild signs of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) could pass the infection to others.
  • Campground staff should also be encouraged to “work from home” if their responsibilities do not require being on site at the campground.
  • Campground management should set up a means of communicating with guests over the internet or telephone. This will limit face-to-face interactions for transactions like checking into the campground and complaints/recommendations from guests.

Please read Guidelines for Phase 3 for more information.

For additional information, please visit these webpages:

Updated 6/25/2020

Information for Campgrounds Regarding COVID-19: Restrictions on Businesses, Public Gatherings and Social Distancing

Guests for overnight stays and day passes are allowed, provided:

  • The physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and enhanced workplace safety guidelines established for all businesses under Executive Order 65 are followed as best practices.  You can find the best practices for all businesses here.
  • A minimum of 20 feet is maintained between units for all lots rented for short-term stays of less than 14 nights.
  • Employees in public-facing areas wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.
  • Campgrounds strongly encourage customers to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.
  • Hand washing in bath houses and sanitizing stations for guests and employees are provided.

If any campground cannot adhere to these requirements, it must close.

In addition, campgrounds should consider the recommended precautions from the Center for Disease Control regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Outdoor recreation areas, like campgrounds, may see an influx in visitor numbers and frequency with recent social distancing recommendations. It is imperative for the safety and well-being of staff, guests, and the community that campground operators strive to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Communal buildings:

Under both Executive Order 53 communal buildings (bath houses, camp/convenience stores, laundry facilities) were allowed to remain open; this has not changed. Regulatory requirements for sanitary facilities are still in effect.

  • Campground staff must increase routine cleaning and disinfection procedures with emphasis on frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles, counters, light switches, toilets, etc.). These frequently touched surfaces should be routinely disinfected as a best practice at least every 2 hours during normal hours of staff operation.  The CDC’s website contains detailed information on how to clean and disinfect surfaces here. Campground operators can also find a list of EPA-registered disinfection products here.
  • Campground staff should monitor groups to avoid (and prohibit) gatherings of 50 or more people.
  • Campground staff should monitor the use of communal areas to encourage social distancing between guests.
  • Campground staff should post signs/posters promoting proper handwashing (soap and water, ≥20 seconds). Staff should also maintain an adequate supply of soap and paper towels (if applicable) in all public restrooms that have sinks. Printable resources are located here on the CDC’s webpage.
  • Campground staff should discourage the disposal of anything other than toilet paper in commodes, as this could lead to damage to public sewers or onsite sewage systems.

 

Recreation Facilities: 

(Swimming Pools, Visitor Centers, Picnic Areas, Playgrounds)

  • All indoor and outdoor recreational sports, fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, sports facilities, arcades, and exercise facilities must follow the guidelines for Phase 2 in Executive Order 65 (see links below).
  • Guest must remain 10 feet apart during recreational activities.
  • Hot tubs, spas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features must remain closed.
  • Outdoor swimming pools may be open for lap swimming, diving, and aquarobics-type exercise classes only, and lap swimming must be limited to three persons per lane.
  • Shared equipment must be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • Equipment that cannot be thoroughly disinfected between uses is prohibited (e.g. climbing ropes, exercise bands, etc.)
  • The concentration and survival of COVID-19 is currently unknown for certain surface types. In areas allowed to remain open, campground staff should monitor use and prohibit access to areas where social distancing and group size cannot be effectively managed. This may include picnic tables, trashcans/dumpsters, communal water supply handles, dump stations, and scenic vistas with handrails. If campground staff are unable to disinfect certain outdoor surfaces, staff are encouraged to post a disclaimer to inform users/guests.

Guest Safety:

  • All gatherings should be limited to less than 50 people per the Governor’s Executive Order 65.
  • Campground staff should monitor all public areas to encourage social distancing of guests. To achieve social distancing, guests should maintain 6 feet between persons not in the same household.
  • Guests should also be encouraged to bring disinfecting cleaners and hand sanitizers to supplement hand washing and sanitizing stations provided to guests.

Employee Safety: 

  • Campground operators should train all staff on the proper use of personal protective equipment (including putting on and taking off). Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes (but is not limited to) disposable gloves, puncture-resistant gloves, eye protection, and face protection. This training should specifically cover topics like cleaning restrooms and collecting garbage. Visit OSHA’S website for more info on PPE here.
  • Campground staff should stay home if showing symptoms of illness. Even mild signs of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) could pass the infection to others.
  • Campground staff should also be encouraged to “work from home” if their responsibilities do not require being on site at the campground.
  • Campground management should set up a means of communicating with guests over the internet or telephone. This will limit face-to-face interactions for transactions like checking into the campground and complaints/recommendations from guests.

Please read Executive Order 65 and the Guidelines for Phase 2 for more information.

For additional information, please visit these webpages:

Updated 6/3/2020

If the campground is in a locality that has entered Phase One, campground management may begin booking reservations for overnight stays less than 14 nights for stays starting on or after May 15, 2020.  All campgrounds remaining open or that are reopening should follow the guidance below.

Information for Campgrounds Regarding COVID-19: Restrictions on Businesses, Public Gatherings and Social Distancing

According to the Governor’s Frequently Asked Questions regarding Executive Order 53, which took effect March 24, 2020, “Nothing in the executive order impacts outdoor recreation businesses that are not explicitly listed in the Executive Order.”  

Executive Order 61 will allow privately-owned campgrounds located in areas entering Phase One to accept guests for overnight stays less than 14 night beginning May 15, 2020, provided:

  • The physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and enhanced workplace safety best practices established for all businesses under Executive Order 61 are followed.  You can find the best practices for all businesses here.
  • A minimum of 20 feet is maintained between units for all lots rented for short-term stays of less than 14 nights.
  • Employees in public-facing areas wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.
  • Campgrounds strongly encourage customers to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.
  • Hand washing in bath houses and sanitizing stations for guests and employees are provided.

If any campground cannot adhere to these requirements, it must close.

In addition, campgrounds should consider the recommended precautions from the Center for Disease Control regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Outdoor recreation areas, like campgrounds, may see an influx in visitor numbers and frequency with recent social distancing recommendations. It is imperative for the safety and well-being of staff, guests, and the community that campground operators strive to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Communal buildings allowed to remain open:

Under both Executive Order 53 communal buildings (bath houses, camp/convenience stores, laundry facilities) were allowed to remain open; this has not changed. Executive Order 61 specifically requires that hand washing in bath houses or sanitizing stations for guests and employees be provided. Regulatory requirements for sanitary facilities are still in effect.

 

  • Campground staff must increase routine cleaning and disinfection procedures with emphasis on frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles, counters, light switches, toilets, etc.). These frequently touched surfaces should be routinely disinfected at least every 2 hours during normal hours of staff operation.  The CDC’s website contains detailed information on how to clean and disinfect surfaces here. Campground operators can also find a list of EPA-registered disinfection products here.
  • Campground staff should monitor groups to avoid (and prohibit) gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Campground staff should monitor the use of communal areas to encourage social distancing between guests.
  • Campground staff should post signs/posters promoting proper handwashing (soap and water, ≥20 seconds). Staff should also maintain an adequate supply of soap and paper towels (if applicable) in all public restrooms that have sinks. Printable resources are located here on the CDC’s webpage.
  • Campground staff should discourage the disposal of anything other than toilet paper in commodes, as this could lead to damage to public sewers or onsite sewage systems.

 

Recreation Facilities: 

(Swimming Pools, Visitor Centers, Picnic Areas, Playgrounds)

  • Per Executive Order 53, campground operators were instructed to close any recreation facilities explicitly listed in the executive order (including fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, arcades, and indoor exercise facilities) as an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19. “Recreation facilities” included pools, which were required to close.  Per Executive Order 61, fitness and exercise facilities (fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, sports facilities, and exercise facilities) may reopen for outdoor activities only beginning May 15, 2020.
  • Guest must remain 10 feet apart during recreational activities.
  • Hot tubs, spas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features must remain closed.
  • Outdoor swimming pools may be open for lap swimming only and must be limited to one person per lane.
  • Shared equipment must be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • Equipment that cannot be thoroughly disinfected between uses is prohibited (e.g. climbing ropes, exercise bands, etc.)
  • The concentration and survival of COVID-19 is currently unknown for certain surface types. In areas allowed to remain open, campground staff should monitor use and prohibit access to areas where social distancing and group size cannot be effectively managed. This may include picnic tables, trashcans/dumpsters, communal water supply handles, dump stations, and scenic vistas with handrails. If campground staff are unable to disinfect certain outdoor surfaces, staff are encouraged to post a disclaimer to inform users/guests.

Guest Safety:

  • All gatherings should be limited to less than 10 people per the Governor’s Executive Order 53 and 61.
  • Campground staff should monitor all public areas to encourage social distancing of guests. To achieve social distancing, guests should maintain 6 feet between persons not in the same household.
  • Guests should also be encouraged to bring disinfecting cleaners and hand sanitizers to supplement hand washing and sanitizing stations provided to guests.

Employee Safety: 

  • Campground operators should train all staff on the proper use of personal protective equipment (including putting on and taking off). Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes (but is not limited to) disposable gloves, puncture-resistant gloves, eye protection, and face protection. This training should specifically cover topics like cleaning restrooms and collecting garbage. Visit OSHA’S website for more info on PPE here.
  • Campground staff should stay home if showing symptoms of illness. Even mild signs of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) could pass the infection to others.
  • Campground staff should also be encouraged to “work from home” if their responsibilities do not require being on site at the campground.
  • Campground management should set up a means of communicating with guests over the internet or telephone. This will limit face-to-face interactions for transactions like checking into the campground and complaints/recommendations from guests.

Please read Executive Order 61, and the Guidelines for All Businesses under Executive Order 61 for more information.

For additional information, please visit these webpages:

Updated 5/13/2020

Effective April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Executive Order 55 requires the “cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds, as defined in § 35.1-1 of the Code of Virginia.”

Campground management should cancel all previously-made reservations and not create any additional reservations for overnight stays less than 14 nights. This Order remains in effect until June 10, 2020 (unless the Governor rescinds or amends).

All campgrounds remaining open should continue to follow the guidance below.

Information for Campgrounds Regarding COVID-19: Restrictions on  Businesses, Public Gatherings and Social Distancing

The purpose of this document is to summarize key recommendations for campground operators regarding COVID-19 and Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 (effective March 24, 2020, 11:59 pm).

According to the Governor's Frequently Asked Questions regarding EO 53, “Nothing in the executive order impacts outdoor recreation businesses that are not explicitly listed in the Executive Order. Where feasible and practicable, office workplaces should require telework. For operations where telework is not feasible, we strongly recommend adhering to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and applying the relevant workplace guidance from CDC, Occupational and Safety Health, and Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.”

Campgrounds should consider the recommended precautions from the Center for Disease Control regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Outdoor recreation areas, like campgrounds, may see an influx in visitor numbers and frequency with recent social distancing recommendations. It is imperative for the safety and well-being of staff, guests, and the community that campground operators strive to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and abide by the details of Executive Order 53 (and any EO to follow).

Communal buildings allowed to remain open:

(Bath Houses, Camp/Convenient Stores, Laundry Facilities)

  • Campground staff should increase routine cleaning and disinfection procedures with emphasis on frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles, counters, light switches, toilets, etc.). The CDC’s website contains detailed information on how to clean and disinfect surfaces here. Campground operators can also find a list of EPA-registered disinfection products here.
  • Campground staff should monitor groups to avoid (and prohibit) gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Campground staff should monitor the use of communal buildings to encourage social distancing between guests.
  • Campground staff should post signs/posters promoting proper handwashing (soap and water, ≥20 seconds). Staff should also maintain an adequate supply of soap and paper towels (if applicable) in all public restrooms. Printable resources are located here on the CDC’s webpage.
  • Campground staff should discourage the disposal of anything other than toilet paper in commodes, as this could lead to damage to public sewers or onsite sewage systems.

Recreation Facilities:

(Swimming Pools, Visitor Centers, Picnic Areas, Playgrounds)

  • Per Executive Order 53 (effective March 24, 2020, 11:59pm), campground operators should close any recreation facilities explicitly listed in the executive order (including fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, arcades, and indoor exercise facilities) as an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19. "Recreation facilities" includes pools, which must close.
  • The concentration and survival of COVID-19 is currently unknown for certain surface types. In areas allowed to remain open, campground staff should monitor use and prohibit access to areas where social distancing and group size cannot be effectively managed. This may include picnic tables, trashcans/dumpsters, communal water supply handles, dump stations, and scenic vistas with handrails. If campground staff are unable to disinfect certain outdoor surfaces, staff are encouraged to post a disclaimer to inform users/guests.

Guest Safety:

  • All gatherings should be limited to less than 10 people per the Governor’s Executive Order 53.
  • Campground staff should monitor all public areas to encourage social distancing of guests. To achieve social distancing, guests should maintain 6 feet between persons.
  • Guests should also be encouraged to bring disinfecting cleaners and hand sanitizers.

Employee Safety:

  • Campground operators should train all staff on the proper use of personal protective equipment (including putting on and taking off). Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes (but is not limited to) disposable gloves, puncture-resistant gloves, eye protection, and face protection. This training should specifically cover topics like cleaning restrooms and collecting garbage. Visit OSHA’S website for more info on PPE here.
  • Campground staff should be encouraged to stay home if showing symptoms of illness. Even mild signs of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) could pass the infection to others.
  • Campground staff should also be encouraged to “work from home” if their responsibilities do not require being on site at the campground.
  • Campground management should set up a means of communicating with guests over the internet or telephone. This will limit face-to-face interactions for transactions like checking into the campground and complaints/recommendations from guests.

Please read Governor Northam's Executive Order 53 or the FAQs Regarding Executive Order 53 for more information.

For additional information, please visit these webpages:

Updated 3/25/2020