The RV Industry Association worked with partners across the industry, including the National Association of Parks and Campgrounds, the National RV Dealers Association, the Ohio Campground Association, and the Great Lakes RV Association, to successfully advocate for the opening of campgrounds in Ohio. On Thursday, May 14, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted announced campgrounds will open on May 21 - a huge win for the RV industry. As campgrounds reopen, there are new mandates for both campground operators and for campers.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced several reopening dates Thursday for services and activities across the state, including Ohio's campgrounds.

Campgrounds can reopen May 21 if they meet safety protocols. Husted said, while many campgrounds are partially open, they will be completely open May 21.

Campground operators, vendors and campers must adhere to guidelines to keep everyone safe.


Campground operators in Ohio must post information throughout the campgrounds and surrounding areas to remind campers to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These messages should inform campers about social distancing. Campers will also be reminded to wear a mask or face covering when entering buildings or interacting with other campers.

The state is requiring that campground operators keep public restrooms, shower houses and laundry facilities clean by sanitizing these areas in the morning and evening, as well as during peak usage times. Operators should also make sure soap dispensers are fully stocked at all times and provide hand sanitizer where water is not available. The number of people inside these facilities at a given time should be limited in order to follow social distancing guidelines.

Campers should not expect full access to campground amenities during this time. Ohio campground operators are mandated to close any nonessential buildings or areas where people could potentially congregate. These include pavilions, pools and splash pads, recreation centers, gyms, playgrounds, jump pads/pillows, go-karts, pedal-karts, game rooms, basketball, volleyball and gaga ball.

Check out the full article from WLWT News here.