Pam and I are thinking of you constantly and praying you, your family and your friends are all healthy. We are “camp family” strong. We appreciate everyone doing their part in slowing the speed of this coronavirus from spreading. Living through this is terrifying and we just want this to go away. Unfortunately, that means we must wait a while before we can get together. The only thing that is important is we all stay healthy and get back to camping sooner than later.
As most of you locals know, our governor has implemented a “stay at home” mandate to protect public health and safety.
Here are the highlights:
· If you are living in Maine, have a home in Maine, you are instructed to stay at home.
· Travel restrictions, prohibiting unnecessary travel: If you travel with your home (trailer or RV), you may get to your destination and abide by a 14-day quarantine.
· Commercial establishments such as stores and offices, no more than three people in the store at any one time. Scaled to the square footage of the establishment.
· Physical distancing of six feet or more unless you are in the same household.
· You may engage in outdoor exercise / activity with social distancing
· No restaurant or bar with indoor seating may operate unless through take-out only
· This mandate will be enforced from April 2nd to April 30th
Saving lives will depend on us. The governor may amend, rescind or renew this timeline. We will act and instruct accordingly.
At Naples KOA:
I can assure you that we are committed to providing a home to all of our seasonal guests that live here for six months and to be ready to open when we get the green light. We will follow the rules mandated by the state and the CDC. Nothing is more important than the safety of our staff and our guests.
To that end, we will:
· Open with restrictions: we will open our gates on the 17th to seasonal guests that, for them, Naples KOA is their home for six months and have no other place to call home. Your camper is your home. If you have been traveling, you must quarantine at your site for 14 days and stay at home, on the grounds, until the 30th. There are no restaurants or places to go anyways! Power, water and Wi-Fi will be available.
· Our official opening date is May 1st. It always has been. We have always opened the gates two weeks prior to our seasonal guests and spring special guests to allow them to get set up and get a jump on camping. This was a freebie as a Thank You. Plus, we had a free clean up weekend the weekend prior to the 1st so the campground is looking good for opening. As stated in the mandate, if you live in Maine and have a home in Maine, stay at home until May 1st. Until further notice or changes with this mandate, we will be open for camping May 1st.
· Clean up weekend is cancelled to anyone traveling with a camper. Traveling with a camper to and from home for personal pleasure may result in a $1000 fine. Plus, many of the borders have check points. You will be turned around. That being said, if you want to drive to camp (in your personal vehicle) to help rake sites on Saturday April 25th, we will welcome you. You need gloves, rakes and face masks or scarf / bandana. Please call to sign up. This is not to camp but to help rake and clean sites. We need about 20 folks to get this done in preparation of opening the following weekend. This falls under outdoor exercise / activity. General maintenance is allowed providing we follow the social distancing protocol. We have 20 acres with twenty people. Now that is distancing! As always, seasonal guests are responsible for your own site. If your camper is already here, you may come in Friday, open it and stay the night. Please call to sign up so I know who and how many are coming. Thank you in advance.
Thank you to everyone who have been supportive and have put your faith in Pam and me. As I mentioned at the beginning, we are camp family and we are strong. We will get through this. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
If we seem over the top, please know you are all important to us and we would like nothing better than to have all of our friends and family stay healthy and not be affected by this virus.
Please stay well, stay safe.
Pam and Con