Open Minnesota’s Campgrounds

Open Minnesota’s Campgrounds

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Shannon Symalla started this petition to Governor Tim Walz

Over 6,000 state owned and thousands more privately owned campgrounds will remain closed under the terms of the recent extension of Governor Walz’s Stay at Home order, impacting hundreds of thousands of residents looking to get outdoors and enjoy the Great Lakes. 

I urge the Governor and his team to amend the order to allow campgrounds to open  immediately. The risk of transmission of coronavirus outdoors is extremely rare  and the health benefit of being outdoors are scientifically proven.

A team of Doctors from Harvard recently confirmed, outdoors, the virus quickly disperses in the air and poses little risk of infection spread. In China a study of Covid transmission found just one sole case of outdoor transmission. Perhaps this is why the Governor has determined allowing Golf Courses to operate in the current order to be safe, so why not campgrounds? Social distancing norms call for keeping a six foot distance from others. Campgrounds at their core provide this nature of social distancing. Camping is an activity in which one family unit, typically already living st home together, venture to the woods or into nature to distance themselves form others. As an avid camper, I don’t believe I’m aware of any campgrounds where the sites are closer than 6 feet together, much less 600 feet. 

Additionally, in the current environment, Minnesotans face heightened risk of depression, anxiety and a variety of other health risks. Being outdoors is scientifically proven to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety; among many other health benefits including improving memory and lowering blood pressure. 

If golf courses, retail stores, parks can remain open, campgrounds should not be singled out. The Governor should apply fairness in access to all outdoor recreation that afford social distancing opportunities, of which camping is one. While I support and understand the need to protect the health of citizens and contain the spread, I am certain there is a controlled and safe way in which public and private campgrounds can operate if given the option.

On behalf of all avid outdoor camping enthusiasts, I urge you to give campgrounds the option to open and Minnesotans the option to enjoy them beginning this weekend. 

 

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