CASPER, Wyo. – Director of Wyoming State Park and Cultural Resources Darin Westby said camping in most of Wyoming’s state parks will be available starting May 15, but with restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19.
Reservations will be required and there will be no first-come-first-serve campsites available, he said during a live press briefing on Thursday afternoon.
Cabins and yurts will be open Friday to Sunday, with off days meant for staff cleaning.
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He said not all campsites will be open due to social distancing guidelines depending on campground layouts.
“If the current campground layout does not allow for safe distancing between campsites, they will be taken off the inventory to be used as a buffer between sites,” he said.
No more than 10 people will be allowed per campsite and fee booths will not be staffed. However, the campsites will be monitored and enforced by law enforcement.
Bathrooms will be open, but shower houses will be closed for the time being.
Forest region 2 remains closed. Devils Tower and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park remain closed at this time, said Governor Mark Gordon.
Westby said the state parks department had held off on hiring seasonal work through the pandemic closures, and have now started hiring in preparation for camping season.
State parks remained open for state residents through the coronavirus closures, but have been closed to overnight camping.
“Obviously there’s a need for people to get out and recreate, and we’re happy and fortunate to be able to do it,” he said.
“We will continue to monitor our surrounding states to make sure that when they start opening up their campgrounds that we have another plan to make sure that we are stratigic with our data plan going forward to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff.”
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: email@example.com
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.