While camping season had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, campgrounds in 22 Washington counties will reopen as of June 1, according to Washington State Parks.
In accordance with Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, Washington State Parks says the reopening will come with increased health and safety measures.
“This is an important milestone for the public and for parks,” said Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Director Don Hoch in a press release. “This year, it’s especially important Washingtonians have access to outdoor recreation. We know that access to the outdoors is good for everyone’s health and wellbeing. Camping is a big part of that outdoor experience.”
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Cabins, yurts, and group campsites will remain closed until further notice, and there may be limited restroom facilities at some parks.
Campers are advised to make reservations to ensure that they will have a camping spot when they reach their destination.
Park staff are enforcing physical distancing measures at open parks, such as limiting the number of vehicles allowed to park at one time.
Washington State Parks is reminding visitors that despite some parks reopening, physical distancing measures remain in full effect. Visitors should bring their own hand sanitizer and are asked to practice appropriate hygiene. If you are sick, please stay home. And remember to only visit parks that are close to home.