Friday, May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for Private Seasonal Campgrounds, RV Parks, Seasonal Trailer Parks

Issued April 28, 2020 – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (DBR) has received inquiries from owners and operators, seeking guidance on operating their facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pursuant to Governor Raimondo’s Executive Order 20-14, any person coming to Rhode Island from another state, for a non-work-related purpose, must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine restriction shall not apply to public health, public safety, or healthcare workers, per: https://health.ri.gov/publications/guidelines/Identifying-Essential-CriticalInfrastructure-Workers.pdf. This means that any person coming to Rhode Island to your facility will need to immediately self-quarantine upon their arrival.

Private Seasonal Campgrounds and RV Parks and seasonal Trailer Parks: Operators/Managers must adhere to the following requirements in order to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is effective until further notice and may be changed at any time. However, if your facility cannot adhere to these restrictions, your facility must remain closed until further notice.

1. Only units that are completely independent or self-contained are permitted to stay at your facility or be occupied at this time. (i.e. these are units that can operate independently or with connections to sewer, water and electric systems. They must contain a water flushed toilet, lavatory, bath, shower and kitchen sink). Therefore, your facility must be able to provide necessary amenities such as water and dump/pump-out stations, if necessary.

2. No dependent camping sites are permitted to be rented at any recreational facility until further notice (i.e. these are units that are not independent or self-contained – do not have a permanent toilet, lavatory or shower facility and are dependent upon a service building for toilet, lavatory and shower facilities). The areas of your campground/recreational facility that would normally accommodate dependent campers/persons must remain closed and unoccupied until further notice.

3. No transient camping is permitted at this time (i.e. no short-term (daily, weekly or monthly) rentals).

4. Recreational facilities should remain secured so that admittance can be monitored by the operator/manger.

5. Close and lock all public amenities such as, but not limited to, restrooms, bathhouses, pools, recreation halls, retail stores, laundry rooms, exercise rooms, pavilions, common areas and playgrounds, etc. until further notice. (Except employees should have access to restrooms, which should be disinfected frequently throughout the day).

6. Adopt strict mitigation measures to limit guest-to-guest and staff-to-staff interaction, adhering to social distancing protocols by maintaining at least 6 feet distance from any other person and advise that face coverings must be worn. Staff must be provided with face coverings.

7. Where possible, all business interactions with registered guests should be telephonic or through on-line or mobile registration means.

8. Any social community gatherings should be cancelled until further notice.

9. All people must adhere to social distancing protocols (at least 6 feet distance from any other person, they are not quarantining with), wear a face covering, wash hands in accordance with CDC guidelines, and adhere to the Governor’s stay at home order, while in effect, only leaving their unit to perform essential activities. STAY HOME and STAY SAFE.

10. No visitors and/or off-site guests should be allowed until further notice. With the exception for essential services/deliveries such as groceries, home care, supplies etc.

11. Residents/customers who violate these rules should be asked to leave the facility.

12. The potential for transmission via water uptake is uncertain at this time and therefore swimming in natural waters is not advised until further notice.

Quarantine Requirements for all Out-of-State Visitors Coming to RI

  1. Prior to the arrival of any person, you must advise any person coming to Rhode Island from another state, that will be staying at your facility, that they must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine information can be found at the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) website: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/.
  • Facility owners/managers are encouraged to monitor quarantined people to ensure they follow the 14-day quarantine requirement.
  • Guests should be encouraged to bring their own groceries and supplies to last them through the 14-day quarantine.
  • If someone arrives at your facility with flu-like symptoms, they need to immediately contact their healthcare provider or RIDOH at: (401) 2228022. If calling after normal business hours, they can call: 211. 
  • Any person quarantined pursuant to this provision shall not leave their place of quarantine for any reason other than to seek necessary medical treatment. Therefore, operators/managers should advise all people arriving to Rhode Island from another state that they should have enough food and essential items for at least 14 days, since they will not be allowed to leave their place of quarantine. They are required to stay indoors during self-quarantine.
  • Any person intending to come to Rhode Island from another state for a period shorter than 14 days should be discouraged from doing so, since they must immediately self-quarantine upon arrival in Rhode Island for 14 days every time they enter Rhode Island.
  • Any cases of COVID-19 must be promptly reported to RIDOH at: (401) 222-8022.