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State Parks in Michigan Open for Camping

(Lansing, MI) - Campgrounds and other sources of recreation at state parks in Michigan open since June 22 are operating under COVID-19 restrictions.

            According to MDNR, a recreational passport is now required for entry into all state parks like Warren Woods State Park near Sawyer.

The use of the passports to gain entry into the state parks when the amenities inside the parks were closed was suspended for three months to reduce face to face interactions to limit the spread of the virus.

            Many state park amenities like bathroom buildings, hand washing stations, playgrounds, fishing piers, viewing platforms, concessions along with picnic tables and shelters are also open.

            Drinking fountains at the state parks will remain closed until further notice.

            According to MDNR, visitors must wearing face coverings while inside indoor spaces like restrooms and shower buildings, contact stations and visitor centers or when outdoors whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.

            Visitors are also asked to remain at least six feet from people not from their household in all locations, including enclosed spaces, campgrounds and day-use areas.

            MDNR is also encouraging visitors to bring their own gloves and disinfectant and whatever else they deem necessary to protect themselves while in the campgrounds and parks.

Hard surfaces such as playground equipment, handrails, and tables are also being sanitized by staff members on a regular basis.

According to MDNR, state park staff members are also cleaning restrooms and shower buildings several times a day under Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

            Overnight lodging facilities, including cabins, lodges and yurts at the state parks are also being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each reservations holder checks out, MDNR said.

            Payment with debit and credit cards for services provided inside the state parks is also encouraged to decrease the exchange of money as another safety precaution against the virus.

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