Campgrounds take precautions in the coronavirus era, but could they close?

Bidwell Canyon Campground at Lake Oroville is asking campers to take simple saftey measures to prevent coronavirus spread but that campground closures could remain a lingering threat with coronavirus cases still growing.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 7:15 PM
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 8:22 PM

Bidwell Canyon Campground at Lake Oroville is asking campers to take simple saftey measures to prevent coronavirus spread but that campground closures could remain a lingering threat with coronavirus cases still growing.

Bidwell Canyon's campsites are 100% booked through Independence Day weekend. This follows same same picture at campgrounds across the state. Walk-ins will be unlikely so make sure to reserve a spot. 

Staff at the campground will be taking saftey precautions including wearing masks and keeping safely distanced from other campers. 

It is suggested you bring your own soap or hand sanitizer and your mask.

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise, you should plan for unexpected closures. 

"Covid virus numbers going up. There's always the chance that we'll be told by the governor's office or the public director's office that we'll need to close down a park. So while we are hoping for the best, I can't, we can't, anticipate the future. I would have never guessed this in 2020. So, hopefully we'll be open, but I can't promise," said Aaron Wright, state parks public saftey superintendent.

Wright says to call or check their website ahead of time for the latest closure information and if you made a reservation online, you'll get an email letting you know about any closures or changes.

One of the families at the campground said they were worried they'd find the campground closed when they got there. Luckily for them it wasn't and now they can enjoy the weekend camping together as a family.

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