CNN: Camping During Coronavirus

Jun 12, 2020

This is usually the time of year that campers are out in full force -- from bare-bones backpackers to folks who roll RV-style -- all enjoying what nature and summer have to offer.


So how has the pandemic affected camping this year? And if you decide to take a camping trip now that things are opening back up, what do you need to know before you go?

In the early stages of the pandemic, less was known about the transmission of Covid-19. As a result, people canceled or postponed trips as the country entered full lockdown mode.

CNN Travel talked with three families -- two in Georgia and one in Virginia -- who love to camp but who all had to cancel their spring trips, either because facilities closed or because of their own concerns about the pandemic.

State and national parks across America closed or restricted activities this spring.

For instance, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon had to close temporarily and then offered only phased reopenings in May. And campgrounds at Yellowstone were still closed in mid-June.

Things are starting to open back up -- but in patchwork fashion, very much depending on the location.

Private places such as Kampgrounds of America had to close some spots and put limits on others, in compliance with local and state regulations. But most KOAs are open now.

The good news for campers around the world itching to get some fresh air and sleep under the stars: There is growing consensus that transmission risks are lower outdoors than inside.

Check out the full article from CNN here.


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