Considerations about Opening Up Your Campground
We have been sending frequent and lengthy emails to our members to assist in navigating during these unprecedented and uncharted days of COVID-19.
The Governor’s office is working to phase into the reopening of Colorado. Therefore, we informed the Governor that our members have been well informed about operational and managerial changes they should have already put into place, as well as:
- The national guidelines outlined in Opening Up America Again
- The Governor’s orders and recommendation
- Best practices, guidelines and suggestions by the CDC.
For the safety and health of their guest and employees, each park needs to ensure they’re implementing all possible best practices.
Each member has been reminded that any park found out-of-compliance of the current (temporary and permanent) laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and orders jeopardize not only their own business but also the other businesses in that jurisdiction.
When each county eases restrictions, we hope you will comply.
BACK TO CAMPING SUMMIT: This special event has been scheduled for May 11 – 12. Industry colleague and marketing professional Mark Koep is the primary host, and CCLOA partnered with him since this is such a critical part of the recovery. We encourage you to consider participating (from the comfort of your home or office).
Your Executive Committee submitted a letter to Governor Polis regarding the reopening of campgrounds. Remember, efforts throughout COVID-19 enabled most Colorado RV parks to operate in what’s outlined in Phase I of the national guidelines for Opening Up America Again. We want to see the path ahead being planned with genuine insight about our industry.
Your Executive Committee submitted a 2-page letter to Colorado’s U.S. Representatives today regarding the covid-19 financial crisis of campground owners. Here’s part of it:
“COVID-19 support for these owners is needed and has not materialized. The Colorado Campground & Lodging Owners Association urges the government to offer support that works for the privately owned campground businesses.”
Your Executive Director participated in five e-meetings today, communicated with the Executive Committee several times, and prepared 10 bulk shipments of the 2020 Camp Colorado Guide that will ship tomorrow (multi-tasking during most of those meetings). It was absolutely delightful to wake up to three times as many individual orders of our guide, and more have trickled in all day. America wants to go camping!
There will be 17 more bulk orders shipped yet this week, if all goes well.
Click here to listen to a message to owners of all privately owned parks. KOA President & CEO Toby O’Rourke discusses the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on the camping industry, and talks about what campground owners can expect in coming months (or use this URL https://vimeo.com/409627422/80e894a3e7).
Creating a safety shield:
Check out this video (click here) for a simply plexiglass shield for your counter.
KOA provided the instruction to us, as well:
- Plexiglass ( cut to desired size)
- (2) longer pieces of PVC pipe ( cut to length of plexiglass)
- (4) short pieces of PVC pipe approx. 7″-9″ ( these will be your risers, depends on height of counter)
- (4) short pieces of PVC pipe about 3″ length (these will form the feet)
- (2) 90 degree elbows
- (4) PVC Tees
- Table Saw
Week of 4/20, Legislatively
I asked members to fill out a brief survey so CCLOA could have more solid insight as we assemble details for our legislators. We believe businesses were provided hope through the CARES Act but that the hope diminished as April unfolded. We would like to see more support provided.
Click here to read Senator Bennet’s update from last week. It starts with, “Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) along with Colorado Governor Jared Polis are urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to make critical improvements to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to better support Coloradans ….”
Governor Polis is planning how we’ll reopen Colorado. I encourage you to listen to his speech (click here). If you can’t listen to the entire message, at least slide the 57-minute mark (or 50:40), and listen to the 59-minute mark.
The federal government has placed the opening of commerce into the hands of governors (who can then also dole it to the counties). Click here to read the national plan for Opening Up America Again. Each governor will open commerce in a strategic manner (yet to be timelined).
What about your employees? Click here to learn about the Families First Coronovirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights.
Fine print, again: the state association isn’t offering legal advice or requiring compliance with any of what’s shared here. It’s all merely food for thought.
CANCELLATIONS: Today’s first-ever e-meeting with park owners in CO, SD and KS went fairly well, considering my internet went down in the midst of it. Fortunately, the attendees carried it forward while I scrambled to rejoin.
Here are some ideas that were shared in the meeting and in emails.
Instead of a reservation deposit, consider charging a nominal reservation fee that you can retain that covers your processing charges. When it comes to chargebacks, this fee could be apart from the reservation itself.
Cindy Dunekacke of Mt Princeton RV Park in Buena Vista CO shared her COVID-19 cancellation policy that seems to be well received by her guests (you can reach her here:
I run a $30 non-refundable credit card deposit for any stay of less than 1 week.
A $50 non-refundable credit card deposit for any stay of 1 week or more.
Because of Covid 19 – I will refund your deposit in full if the county or state says you cannot come during the time you booked.
If you want to cancel – say in August – and the state and county say I am open and can take you, and you don’t want to come because (for any reason) I keep the deposit.
KOA put this policy on their website:
“If your plans change over these upcoming weeks, we will gladly work with you to rebook your stay for a later time. If you do choose to cancel, you may do so up to 24 hours ahead of the scheduled check-in, and receive a full refund without a cancellation fee or the loss of your deposit. This applies to stays between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020. Campers who cancel within the 24 hour time window of arrival will forfeit their deposit.”
Another: Give 100% refund if they cancel at least 48 hours beforehand.
Some have stopped taking deposits (therefore, there is no need for a refund).
Some have turned off their online reservation system and posted on their website that people are to call the office for the latest on the situation.
Whatever you choose to do for one guest, honor it for the next.
WEBSITE STATEMENT: If you haven’t yet put a message on your website, consider doing so. Make it hopeful while also informative.
If you’re allowed to be open, here are some examples of what you might say:
- Explain who is allowed to camp with you (tenters? short-stays? who can / who can’t).
- Start positively, maybe saying like, “Nature is quite the healer but in these times of COVID-19, social distancing is required.”
- Tell them you’re concerned about the health and safety of our campers and outdoors enthusiasts.
- Tell them you know RVs are self-contained and make for comfortable self-quarantining facilities.
- Make it welcoming and appreciative for the essential traveling medical, construction and utilities professionals.
- Provide local requirements, such as your opening date, guidelines for self-quarantining, and suggest they come stocked with food so they can more easily self-quarantine. It’s OK to put the onus on the local authority. If the local authority is saying no stays less than 14-days, state that!
- Let them know whether you expect everyone to wear fabric masks in public.
- Tell them of changes due to covid (playground, public areas, community bonfires, etc.).
STAY-AT-HOME & FACTS: Presently,
- Colorado is on a statewide stay-at-home order through April 26.
- Kansas is on it until 4/19.
- South Dakota isn’t on an official statewide order but folks are mostly sheltering voluntarily.
- New Mexico’s is until 4/30.
Nationally, some states will end their orders sooner than others, and some states are hit far worse than others. Peaks for CO, SD & KS are much later than for some coastal states, and are expected to vary between the 3.
Millions of Americans are now unemployed.
Many park owners no longer have their summer workers in place.
That being said, even when an area or state is deemed able to open up, there won’t be a nationwide flood of travelers.
Member have asked me, “Will we see any vacationers this year?” I wish I had the answer.
MARKETING: PLEASE, don’t stop your marketing! Please, don’t hard-sell your park yet.
Please be careful of what you share. Locals might be monitoring your posts and might not understand that your guests are allowed to be there (if, in fact, they are permitted). There is no need for you to unnecessarily open yourself for additional local battles.
Save “sales info” for those who call or e-connect with you about a reservation.
Please consider resuming your Facebook posts, at least once week or so! Show that you’re planting flowers or painting a fence or watching baby birds hatch in a nest at the park. Show a sunset or wildlife. Offer lighthearted, kind, pretty, hope-filled messages.
Learn from the past! Those who ceased marketing during 9/11, had a much harder recovery than those who didn’t cease. Typically, social media posts are flexibly timed and can be relatively low- or no-cost.
ARVC has joined forces with others in the outdoor arena. They have plans in May to begin encouraging people to make summer camping plans. Naturally, that date might bounce if the nation isn’t yet ready for the message.
One owner says that 95% of her covid cancellations have simply bumped to 2021.
Requests for our camping guide are starting to pick up again!
One owner says reservations are starting to pick up to the point that they’ve had more reservations in the last several days then the prior 4 weeks.
TOGETHER: We’re all in this together. No one has experienced such a pandemic and business crisis as we’re all experiencing right now. We WILL get through this … and we will do so by leaning upon one another and holding on tight.
What happens if you accidentally overlook a local or CDC order?
During covid, what is the business responsible for, vs the guests themselves?
Did you know that if your park is found to be operating out of compliance during covid, you are risking not only having your park closed but also all parks in your county OR STATE? Please, know your local specifications and honor them!
Can you operate your business or home without a computer for 48 hours? If not, prepare. Why? Phishing scams and other attacks are happening so fast now that the support staff at places like Norton are that far behind in helping their customers.
Today’s covid webinar through ARVC is providing incredible insight that every campground owner ought to hear!
Links to the ARVC webinar series are here (click here).
EARLIER HISTORY POSTED ON THIS PAGE
We don’t want you to be alone during this COVID-19 crisis, so this email includes virus-related insight we’ve been sharing with CCLOA members since late February and through April 2, 2020.
WHO ARE WE?
For those who aren’t members, CCLOA was created over 50 years ago. We were formed by campground owners as a support for campground owners. You can learn more about our mission and programs by surfing around through the tabs and links on this website (please excuse that it’s had very little attention from me since covid took over).
Please know that:
- The Executive Director of CCLOA is not a lawyer
- CCLOA shares insight and best practices,
- CCLOA doesn’t tell you how to run your business.
- If you aren’t comfortable being open, that’s your call.
- If you believe firmly that you should accept these RVers, that’s your call.
COVID-19 INSIGHT FOR THE COLORADO OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
We have been working with the Governor Jared Polis’ office and can now show that RV parks are listed as essential businesses. That doesn’t mean it’s business as usual! It allows for “Recreational vehicle parks, where RVs are being used as permanent residences” (as shown under Travel & Transportation list here). Any details beyond that are controlled by the local authorities (often times the county public health agency).
No one, not even me, can count how many hours of dedication it’s taken to accomplish that simple addition, but I’ll tell you that it takes a team! We’ve been working with the Tourism Industry Association of Colorado, the Colorado Tourism Office, a lobbyist, the Governor’s Office, and many county public health agencies. We’ve also pulled our members together from within certain counties. Powerful!
Emails, calls and social media posts … endless efforts that started as occasional brief updates quickly escalated to seemingly endless 18-hour days. And that’s just the Colorado side.
We’ve also been working with our partner the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC). They work closely with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR). They’ve submitted letters to the United States President, the Chairman of the National Governors Association, and to each Governor. Incalculable value!
Additional brainstorming support comes from similar association Executive Directors across the country. Regularly, we work together, and always we’re working for the members in our states. This network, support, and assistance is phenomenally invaluable!
We’ve established each of these relationships over many years. When you need this type of community, you can’t just create it from nothing. Every single person who has contributed to CCLOA in the past 50 years has contributed to the ability for us to make this happen this month!
On 3/27 I wrote, “27 days into March and it’s felt like a single 648-hour day.”
Oh, I also paused one day to write a social media post that ended up becoming a published article in Woodalls Campground Management (click to read it). I wrote it because the members who support us are the ones who enable us to create these networks that, in turn, support the campgrounds.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR CAMPGROUNDS
The following is content from many emails with our members. It’s shown in relative chronological order (February down through April 2, 2020), and I’ve tried to eliminate that which is no longer valid (it’s considerably reduced now that we’ve attained that essential business classification!). If I get a chance to clean this up or condense it further, I will.
Plan now to find ways to minimize your expenses and mitigate losses!
What would I do if I still owned my RV park? I’d do all I could to disinfect more often and more thoroughly. I sanitized more thoroughly during every flu season. Focus on what they touch: the flusher lever, stall-door mechanisms, and all other door knobs and faucet handles. I always sanitized these at least daily, but through the regular flu season I’d sanitize them sometimes 5+ times a day.
Don’t overlook the office door knobs and your own shared cash register, credit card machine and computer keyboards!
Campgrounds tend to become quite popular during economic recessions and when people fear for their safety on a large scale. They still want to break away from their routine, so they might not go to Paris or take a cruise, but they’ll consider cool camping experiences … as soon as they’re allowed to travel again.
CampColorado, our consumer-focused marketing platform, is not addressing COVID-19 (other than a statement on the home page). CampColorado’s mission is to promote camping in Colorado. Our social media posts are focusing on family fun, wide open space space, nature, and fresh air. If you go to our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, (to name a few) you’ll see that we’re using images of member parks to inspire people to come camp in Colorado. At this time we don’t plan to keep up with the closures, delayed openings, open-for-business, and so forth of each individual business.
Remember, in case you end up applying for any present or future program that may be available to hurting businesses, each business should already be documenting every cancellation and any other expense that’s an impact of covid-19.
SOME PRIVATE CAMPGROUND CLOSURES – If you are told you must close, please let me know!
A few additional facts that could assist you if a local authority tells you to close:
- A million people live full time in RVs (from 2018 Washington Post … likely higher today). Those people need utilities! Your parks offer that to some who need to be in your area.
- Many younger people are living full time in RVs because of their careers (e.g., construction workers, traveling medical professionals).
- RVs are self-containing, which makes for effective quarantining.
- While we aren’t in the landlord/tenant industry, for the duration of this crisis campgrounds can easily be adapted for long-stays.
Please don’t panic … but get your facts ready in case a local authority tells you to close.
RESTROOMS Some parks are closing restrooms because of COVID-19. If restrooms are required for your license and you want to make sure you’re not in violation of that requirement, consider:
- Keeping them open but adding signage that each person is responsible for their own thorough sanitizing. (I know you can’t guarantee sanitizing after every user, and I know supplies are now commonly stolen.)
- Not mentioning restroom closures on your webpage or social media, but perhaps stating “full-hookup sites only and limited other services.”
PRICING ARGUMENTS Some southern parks are saying guests are demanding lower prices since pools, activities and rec halls are closed. Two (of many) views on that:
- Some might choose to reduce their prices. My park was open year-round, but it offered fewer amenities and shorter store hours in the winter, so I charged less at that time. Just saying.
- Yesterday I did curbside pick-up from a restaurant and I paid the full price as if I dined in the facility and had somebody coming to my table to refill my drink and to make sure everything was good. Just saying.
DOCUMENT It’s easier to document daily in the midst of a crisis for a potential claim or loan. We don’t know all that will be made available to business owners, so just start documenting everything now. Cancellations. Employee issues (i.e., couldn’t come from oversees, had to return to Canada, had to return to the workforce full time because of the hit their retirement investments took).
Those who kept great books in recent years will be also be able to provide that as evidence of normal operations.
You might be interested in listening to a video interview I was asked to do. I put it on the homepage of ccloa.org.
Please continue to practice Social Distancing so we can be a part of the cure.
COUNTY BY COUNTY
This office began working with your fellow members in two counties which placed orders that impact campgrounds. Our goal was to make the orders rational so they can be modeled by later counties who create orders. We don’t need 64 different directives dictated to park owners. Let’s work together to educate each county on our industry.
The first county order that was released was more strict than its later modified order. We have been able to loosen tight restrictions in some counties.
Please understand: business won’t be business-as-usual.
This is a new virus so even the health professionals are still learning how long it lives in various environments. Please be sure:
- You stay current with the developments in covid-19, and
- Your cleaning practices are compliant with CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
STAY AT HOME vs CLOSURE vs ORDER TO REDUCE EXPOSURE AT WORKPLACE
STAY AT HOME: STAY AT HOME: The state is under the Governor’s orders to Stay At Home (click to read the order) unless you’re going to get food, medical care or other essential services or you’re an essential worker. Minimize exposure! This order applies to your guests, too. Please be sure they’ve been informed. It’s in effect 6 a.m. Thursday and will last until April 11.
If you have employees who lives offsite, you should supply the Public Health Order to each employee (highlighting that line on page 4) and give them a letter from your business that identifies the specific person and explains that the employee must report to work. (A sample letter is in a few paragraphs.)
CLOSURE: Some counties are announcing closures of all but essential businesses. Again, please tell me if you’ve received such a notice about your RV park, or if you’re being told to eject your current guests.
REDUCED WORKFORCE: Create an environment whereby your employees can maintain proper distance from one another. Valid thru 4/10/2020. Click here for the order.
All Colorado businesses that are open must implement social distancing in the workplace. It’s the law, as of earlier this week. Governor Polis is telling the public that if they see any essential business out of compliance, they’re to report the business and the state will shut it down immediately.
Consider your office, LP station, laundromat, and restrooms. Abide by the law!
Letter for Off-Site Employees: Employees of essential busineses aren’t required to carry letters but it’s prudent to be prepared rather than be caught in a messy situation. Here’s a sample of what could be put on your letterhead paper.
To whom it may concern.
______ is an employee of _________ and is required to work during the time of Governor Polis’ Stay At Home order. We are in the accommodations business, which is established as an essential business, as noted on page 4 of PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-24 dated March 22, 2020.
And then sign it.
- Please pause to consider what you’d do if one of you were to test positive? Even more likely, what if one was to be injured or have an unrelated health issue?
- Hospitals and ambulances are not allowing visitors so please take my suggestions to heart.
- I carry medical info at all times in case of emergency, but I know couples who rely on one or the other to know all that’s needed in a medical situation.
- One member has shared that the husband and wife are living in separate quarters altogether just to ensure that their park can continue to operate.
- Are you prepared to possibly visit a doctor or be transported or admitted and not be able to have that informed partner present?
- Make sure your primary medical team has a current list of your medications, allergies, conditions and so forth, and then carry that information on you (purse or wallet). Mine is in view behind my drivers license.
- Speak with your spouse or named health care proxy to make sure they know your latest thoughts and concerns.
- Sign a form ASAP that identifies for your medical team who you want them to talk to by phone.
- You will not be accompanied in an ambulance or visited in the hospital no matter what your condition (broken bone or covid).
- COVID is but one disaster. What you do to prepare for this could be useful for other unexpected situations.
FYI: I listened to the Governor’s public address the other day (here it is). I encourage you to listen to it because he gave lots of insight into what he means by each person doing common sense things during this unusual time, as well of lots of other insight. The video is long but you could easily multitask while he talks.
LOANS, GRANTS, EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDITS, & OTHER PROGRAMS
From the US government clear down to the local banks, fiscal relief programs are being made available. Some are very time sensitive.
Given the mass amount of information, the rapid-fire changes to that list, and the unique financial situations of each member, CCLOA doesn’t expect to educate members on these options beyond this:
- Decisions you make about your employees can have a lasting impact on your ability to apply for some programs. Know before you act.
- Applying for any one thing might have ramifications on other programs (exclusivity and such). So, know before you file.
- Document, document, document the impact (cancellations, comparisons to previous years, fiscal demands, cashflow shortages, employee issues, hours spent on restructuring your affairs, etc.).
- Research your options (the internet is so handy for this, but make sure you use only respectable and reliable sources).
- Avoid SCAMS and SPAMS! Protect yourself!
- Work directly with your CPA. If you don’t have one, please consider hiring one. Let me know if you want to know the CPA my business has used for 18 years or the one CCLOA has used for at least 5 years.
Each county is taking its own stand; no two mimic one another. As always, no one is better able to work at the county level than those within the county. Namely, you.
CCLOA is still working with some counties and members, many others have not reached out to me, and some have stated that they’re intentionally “flying under the radar.”
Therefore, we’re putting this in your court. If you reach out to your local authorities to have your business classified as essential, you may submit the CCLOA Position Statement on COVID-19 as supporting material if you like (contact the office to obtain a copy).
The county has more jurisdiction than the state in this matter. We suggest you find out what your county says about your business.
Given the news of the past week … and especially with this weekend’s extension to the end of April … life isn’t going to return to normal anytime soon. Some wonder if 4/30 will be the last extension. (Virginia just imposed their order through June 10.)
What amount of risk are you willing to assume? If you aren’t willing to assume any, then please know that you’re not required to be open. It’s your business.
Are you allowed to open? Are you allowed to accommodate overnight stays? Even those who were originally provided assurance that your RV park is allowed to accommodate your guests, in other states we’ve seen that with covid-19 that could change at the drop of a dime. Stay current with your local officials.
Leisure travel will be the last to be allowed. When it does, the economic impact will be major. Every pocketbook will hurt. Vacation funds will be tight.
How you handle your reservations and cancellations could be a game changer for your business, both now and in the long term. Be smart about it. (P.S. Businesses can apply for disaster relief, while families gain only a small stimulus check from the government.)
Minimize the impact. There are ways! None are painless, but there are ways.
I hope you haven’t waited until now to have your emergency plans and procedures in place.
- Procedural policy for what you’ll do if COVID is found in one of your employees;
- Procedural policy for what you’ll do if COVID is found in one of your guests;
- Covid-cancellation policy in place for all new reservations;
- If you had a cancellation policy in place before this began, are you sticking to it? If you’re loosening it, consider doing so for everyone.
CCLOA suggests you speak with your insurance representative to understand your liability. I’ve heard that if a park is operating beyond the measures that the local authorities have permitted, your coverage may be forfeited … but that’s something for you to clarify with your insurance carrier..
Reach out to lenders to learn about possible extensions or reduced interest options on your loans. Be smart about it. Know the total costs and ramifications.
Google reviews have been disconnected through COVID-19.
When I paid my credit card bill online today, there was a special button I could click to refute any travel-related transactions. Whoa, they’re making it so blatantly obvious and easy. Is your cancellation policy ready for that?
Work directly with your CPA on what business relief programs are available. It isn’t cut and dry. If you missed ARVC’s webinar today, they spoke on some of the options. All of their webinar recordings can be found by clicking here.
Maintain your website so that RVers who are seeking a park will know whether you’re taking only long-stays or whatever.
Adjust your online reservation program (availability and your cancellation policy, if needed).
Be careful about what you publicize in social media posts. Some things are better left to phone calls and emails that your office receives from a prospective guest, or at least if you don’t want to call attention to yourself by local authorities.
SELF-QUARANTINE & YOUR PARK: Know what’s expected of your seasonal employees. If they need to self-quarantine for X number of days after arriving in your county, make plans to accommodate that requirement. (If it’s not required at the local level, consider making it your park’s policy.)
If you’re reading this while out of state for the winter, that last paragraph applies to you, as well.
What length of time is a newly arriving guest required to self-quarantine?
4/3 UPDATE: All who go out must wear a mask, per the Governor.
GOOD WILL: Some members have had requests for RV sites for hospital workers who need an RV site so to isolate themselves from their families. If you have available RV sites, as one member suggested, consider contacting your local hospital to build good will.
“I understand that many … campgrounds have put their hiring of seasonal employees on hold, but you cannot be expected to find, hire, and train replacements for your management and supervisory staff at a moment’s notice. You need to do everything possible to keep these people on your payroll (and off of your state’s unemployment compensation rolls.)”
If you haven’t already read the many emails about new relief programs or participated in webinars from or by ARVC or perhaps your CPA or bank or financial institution, I encourage you to start now! The sooner the better! I think it’s fair to say that only foolish business owners would completely ignore CARES Act and PPP. The webinars and an enormous amount of other contact by ARVC are available for your listening and reading pleasure by clicking here.
To register for the upcoming webinars by ARVC, click this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jVgxAPMiQZOhgwIRasb5UQ
Please don’t fall for scams. In times of crisis, scammers seem to come out like dandelions.
CCLOA is now returning to its obligations that went untouched in the past too many weeks. If you need me, please send me an email. If you need my attention immediately, please text 970.573.0320, and I’ll do my best to respond but Covid-management has taught me to not promise how quickly.
When this is all over, I genuinely hope every CCLOA member is healthy!
FROM 3/26/2020 … NO LONGER NEEDED BUT I’M ADDING IT IN CASE YOU WONDERED ABOUT THE GRAPHIC ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We still believe what we believed yesterday; RV parks are in the “Hotels, and places of accommodation” classification (see page 4 of attached Public Health Order).
Today the Governor’s office posted a graphic that has “campgrounds” under the closed list (attached). That’s been brought to my attention by several members.
Well, the same day Colorado Parks & Wildlife closed all campgrounds, camping and camping facilities (including yurts and cabins) at Colorado’s state parks as well as camping at State Wildlife Areas.
Therefore, I believe the person who put the word “campgrounds” on that side of the list doesn’t recognize the ambiguity between those parks and ours, and doesn’t understand that a million Americans are full-time RVers who need RV parks to supply their water, sewer, electric, gas (LP) and internet. Rather than getting upset, I put on my educator hat.
I wrote a letter to the governor, our lobbyist, and the Tourism Industry Association of Colorado. It was filled with the similar insight and language we’ve shared in other informative emails and letters as we’ve worked at the state and local levels.
I don’t yet have a response, yet I truly believe Governor Polis wouldn’t require us to send away the many hundreds or thousands of RVers who are already in Colorado RV parks so that the “campground” can be closed for business.
(Again, that’s now obsolete news since RV parks are now on the essential business list.)