As we approach the end of the month, you might want to get your s’mores ready.
New York State’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will start accepting camping reservations on Monday as check-in kicks off on June 22.
Campsites are currently only open to those with pre-existing reservations, but new reservations will be accepted starting Monday at 9 a.m. State Parks expects reservations to fill quickly and reminds campers to practice social distancing and wear a face covering. Park police will be patrolling campgrounds to make sure campers are complying with social-distancing regulations, otherwise they will be removed without a refund.
Campers will also be asked questions upon entering parks to determine if they’ve had contact with anyone who has had COVID-19 or had symptoms themselves.
State Parks, in a release, has issued the following safety measures for incoming campers: Walk-up reservations are not allowed, restrooms will be opened and cleaned per “DOH protocols” and may have reduced capacity, only immediate household members can gather at campgrounds, all campground events and programs are suspended, “Park Social Distancing Ambassadors” will monitor campgrounds and other areas and COVID-19 related signage has been installed throughout the park system.