New Jersey EPD Announces Camping at State Parks and Forests Can Resume Following Coronavirus Ban

by Hunter Miller

The Environmental Protection Department in New Jersey announced that camping at state parks and forests can resume after a prolonged ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday, the state permits camping at 12 destinations.

Even though the state now allows camping at specific locations, travelers will need to observe several new rules. Firstly, campers should practice social distancing. Secondly, only “tent-style” camping is allowed. Cabins remain closed at this time.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe insists the authorities are doing their part to keep campers safe. “We are taking every precaution to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our guests and strongly remind the public of the importance of maintaining proper six-foot social distancing and wearing masks when visiting this summer,” McCabe said.

Health experts recommend wearing a mask in public places such as restrooms. Campers are also encouraged to keep their distance from anyone not traveling with their group. To ensure camper safety, park workers will conduct “rigorous” cleaning of restrooms, showers, and other common facilities.

Here’s a list of the open camping areas:

Northern Region

  • High Point State Park
  • Jenny Jump State Forest
  • Stokes State Forest
  • Worthington State Forest

Central Region

  • Allaire State Park
  • Cheesequake State Park
  • Spruce Run Recreation Area

Southern Region

  • Bass River State Forest
  • Belleplain State Forest
  • Brendan Byrne State Forest
  • Parvin State Park
  • Wharton State Forest

As for Swartswood State Park and Stephens State Forest, they will open on June 29. However, a handful of parks remain closed. Round Valley Recreation Area, Washington Crossing State Park, Kittatinny Valley State Park, Waywayanda State Park, and Voorhees State Park are off-limits to campers still.

More New Jersey Businesses Open

In addition to campgrounds and state parks, Governor Phil Murphy announced that a number of other business may reopen starting Monday. Personal care shops and stores such as beauty salons and tattoo parlors can allow customers, but they must follow health department guidelines.

[H/T NBC Philadelphia]

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