First observed all the way back in the 19th century, Labor Day is a movement “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” says the Department of Labor. For many folks, this all-American holiday can only be observed one way, the most American way, by camping.
Even as a pandemic insists on keeping us inside our homes, you can expect campers to come out in droves, connecting with nature and filling up your empty campsites this holiday weekend. Good news for the camping industry in general. But, how can you make sure your park is ready to host a good time, while also ensuring your patrons and staff remain safe? Below, we’ll break down the main ways that you can prep your park for a safe but fun Labor Day weekend!
Clean, Clean, Clean!
First and foremost, it’s highly recommended by the CDC and elsewhere that you keep your campground even more clean than you would have pre-Coronavirus days. Maintaining a solid cleaning schedule, where you’re wiping down frequently touched surfaces, providing hand sanitizing stations for campers, etc. is not only advised but even mandatory in some areas. Make sure you stay up to date with your state’s requirements in that regard and even consider going the extra mile to avoid any potential issues in the aftermath of the celebrations.
Make sure to use disinfectants as recommended by the CDC and to keep them fully stocked at all times.
Enforce Social Distancing Where Necessary
As we know, social distancing is still a thing. Many places of business still highly advise some level of distance management, even providing remainders to folks by way of signs and other markers. Can you do the same?
If you’re thinking of going the sign route, here are the most important areas to mark:
- Check-in area
- General store/cash register
- Gathering areas (such as picnic tables, parks, and BBQ stations)
Going right along with encouraging social distancing is discouraging the gathering of large groups. Although Labor Day is a day that families come together to celebrate their hard work, it’s important to keep the CDC’s guidelines in mind and limit groups of 10 or more from congregating for too long, or at all.
Wear Masks When Necessary
Another important social guideline is to wear masks when necessary. We know, wearing masks isn’t fun, but at this point, it’s routine. There’s no need to require masks (unless your state does), but we highly recommend that you recommend them to your patrons. Not only can they assist in controlling the spread of disease (especially COVID-19), they’re a good look for your campground business. It sends the message that you care about your campers and these days, your reputation matters more than ever.
Keep All Parties Abreast of Rules and Procedures
Lastly, as a business owner, you want to keep your campers aware of any specific rules and procedures you’ll have this weekend. How can you do so? First, keep your website up to date with any new information you believe your campers should know prior to checking in. This can include updates on which events you canceled (or still have on), updates to policies, etc.
You can also give campers a brief orientation of those same updaters at check-in, let them know what precautions you’re taking to keep them safe, point them to your sanitizing stations, etc. If you want to avoid in-person orientations, consider creating simple pamphlets instead.
Likewise, you’ll want to make sure your staff is aware of and trained on any new procedures you’ve got going on. From your enhanced cleaning protocols to handling guest’s needs while remaining safe themselves.
Although this article doesn’t cover everything there is to know about disease prevention, following these basic recommendations will set your campground up for a successful Labor Day Weekend where you can rest assured, knowing your staff and patrons will stay safe while guaranteeing your campers happy, holiday memories for the books!
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