Many park owners were thrown into limbo on Friday (March 20) as some states including, New York, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, saw government officials release orders that effectively closed parks in those states unless they were listed as an “essential service” due to the spread of COVID-19.

David Balser, vice president of membership and marketing for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) told WOODALLSCM.com (WCM) late Friday evening that the association was able to help spur reversals in Florida, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.

“This is all based off work being done by ARVC, the RV Industry Association (RVIA), the RV Dealers Association (RVDA) and locally by the CampCalNOW RV Park and Campground Alliance, Florida ARVC, the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) and the Campground Owners of New York (CONY),” he explained. “It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but we had some wins for campgrounds in those states.”

For the RV park and campground sectors, the issue mainly lies in whether parks are considered “essential services.” While many park owners and state association executives argue that they are, there is still outreach to be done on the state and local levels to get that designation.

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