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Ohio campgrounds permitted to reopen on May 21

Campgrounds can reopen if they meet the state's safety protocols.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As the weather starts to warm up, Ohioans have been wondering when they will be able to return to the state's campgrounds to enjoy the outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On Thursday, those questions were answered by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. 

Husted announced that campgrounds can reopen on May 21st if they can meet safety protocols. Those protocols have been laid out here.

Among the mandatory protocols: Information must be posted throughout the campgrounds and surrounding areas to frequently remind campers and customers to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also, campgrounds must maintain public restrooms, showerhouses, and laundry facilities to lower risk of spread of virus.

In addition to the good news about campgrounds, there were several other announcements about openings of businesses and services throughout the state to come later this month that were made on Thursday. 

  • Horse Racing -- May 22
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers – May 26
  • Pools – May 26
  • Ohio BMV – May 26
  • Low-contact or non-contact sports -- May 26
  • Childcare – May 31
  • Day Camps – May 31

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