Ben Asks a Question: What are the guidelines for campers?

Posted at 9:47 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 21:47:50-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With many facilities around the state closed due to coronavirus concerns, Ohioans wonder if camping in the great outdoors will be an option this summer.

Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration is working on a solution this month, but they are concerned about enforcing social distancing in campgrounds.

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"What you worry about in campgrounds is not people being in their trailer, or their camper or their tent, but more those common areas,” DeWine said during his press conference Tuesday.

DeWine emphasized that state parks remain open for people who want to camp and enjoy the outdoors.

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“Figuring out to do that in a way that is safe is desirable and I'm sure is something we can figure out,” he said.

Learn more about Ohio’s plans to gradually reopen here.