New Jersey Recreational Campgrounds Not Open Yet, But Will Be Soon
There's been a lot of miscommunication this week between the New Jersey State Senate and the Governor's office about the reopening of campgrounds.
This past Tuesday, State Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Steve Oroho, and the NJ Campground Owners & Outdoor Lodging Association, all announced that, effective immediately, recreational campgrounds were reopening, NJ.com reports.
Sweeney reportedly stated, “As restrictions are lifted and more people seek a return to the outdoors, it is important that we reopen campgrounds and parks for recreational vehicles. Outdoor activities are essential to the physical health and mental well-being of people whose lives have been restricted during the shutdown. It’s another responsible step we can take in restoring activities in New Jersey.”
Governor Phil Murphy's response? 'Not so fast'. Recreational campgrounds are still closed, but will be up and running for Memorial Day Weekend.
The NJCOA has updated its website to say, 'WE ARE OPEN! New Jersey Campground Owners and Outdoor Lodging Association is happy to announce that they have finally received clarification from the Governor's office that campgrounds in New Jersey may reopen for business for their transient campers effective Friday, May 22nd'.
Reportedly, certain grounds will reopen to all guests, including campers planning short-term trips in campers, RVs or in tents.
But all campgrounds have different rules, so the NJCOA recommends campers check with a campground to get clarification before visiting.
Residential campgrounds are open, a spokesperson for Murphy tells NJ.com.
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