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Plans to reopen Colorado summer camps, private camping unveiled

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Posted at 1:31 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 18:28:57-04

DENVER — A big part of summer in Colorado is returning.

On Monday, Gov. Jared Polis announced updates to Safer at Home and changes to summer camps and private camping.

Private campsites are open, but a host county could keep campsites closed if they notify local and state health agencies in writing. Private campsites, like KOA and others, were allowed to reopen effective Memorial Day.

Children’s day camps and youth sports camps can open on Monday, June 1, but must operate with restrictions and strong precautionary measures, such as establishing a plan that includes social distancing and limits capacity.

The guidance also includes screening staff, volunteers, and campers for COVID-19 symptoms at drop off and pick up, and limiting a group to 25 or fewer people outdoors and 10 or fewer indoors.

Children's summer camps with overnight stays will remain closed. Decisions on whether or not to reopen these camps for the remainder of the season will happen in mid-June, the governor said.

Campgrounds in the State Park system are already open. While some state parks are once again welcoming back campers, national parks remain closed to overnight guests. A timeline on when they will begin to reopen is not known.