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COVID-19: Camping.... because therapy is expensive

August 1, 2020

Please be advised that the recommendations provided to you by this campground may not be the same as our neighbors’ campground.

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in campground programs or accessing our facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. This campground in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection WILL NOT occur through participation in our programs or accessing our facilities.

You have to make the decisions on your own behalf on whether or not you wish to camp, and understand that camping is at your own risk. No one is in the position to assure anyone will be a safe contact. The following information is to let you know what your responsibilities are during your stay to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone at the campground. GAFC cannot promise that you will not get COVID-19, but we would like to increase everyone’s chances that it passes up our families.

We care about your health! If you have been contacted by the Department of Health to notify you of exposure to COVID-19, we thank you for NOT using the campground property until 14-days after your exposure. If you or anyone in your household SHOW SYMPTOMS OF:

  • FEVER
  • COUGH
  • SHORTNESS OF BREATH
  • or are otherwise not feeling well, please refrain from using the campground until being fever free for 72 hours. We hope you feel better, and we do look forward to seeing you soon!

Gov. Evers Issues New Public Health Emergency & Statewide Mask Mandate

Governor Evers issued Executive Order #82, proclaiming a public health emergency and activating the WI National Guard, and Emergency Order #1, mandating face masks/coverings for individuals 5 and older indoors or in an enclosed space, other than a private residence.

The face mask mandate takes effect tomorrow, Saturday, August 1, 2020 and expires on Monday, September 28, 2020 or by a superseding emergency order. Below are highlights for what the Emergency Order calls for.

Face coverings are required when both of the following apply:

  • Individual is indoors or in enclosed space, other than private residence, and
  • Another person or persons, not members of your household or living unit, are present.

Face coverings are not required if:

  • you are at a private residence
  • you are outside (some exceptions - i.e., required at outdoor restaurants), or
  • you are indoors - and no one else is present.

What is expected of our guests?

Other details include:

  • You must wear face coverings if you are indoors/in an enclosed space even if you are able to maintain proper social distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Face covering must be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely. Does not include face shields, mesh masks, or masks with holes, openings, or vents.
  • Exceptions are made for certain individuals who are exempt from the face covering requirement. If you are exempt, you do not need to carry documentation.

"Enclosed space" means a confined space, open to the public, where individuals congregate. Public transit, ride share, outdoor bars and restaurants, and outdoor park structures are all included in this definition. Others included:

  • Business and office space
  • Exercising indoors where others are present

Certain exceptions are made for when to remove your face covering, including:

  • Swimming
  • Eating or drinking, though you must wear while waiting for the waiter/waitress to take your order
  • When an individual is actively speaking to an audience during a religious, political, artistic, cultural, media, musical, or theatrical performance.

Green Acres Family Campground will continue to work with our public health department and encourage people to comply with this order. We do recognize that some people have conditions or circumstances that would make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous. Please do not tie up emergency phone lines with calls about mask compliance. Just wear your mask and stay six feet away. If you are not comfortable around those who choose not to mask, then please opt to stay home. We want to thank our Public Health Department for all their continued hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to work with them to make Chippewa County a safe and healthy environment for all.

What is expected of our guests?

  • It is imperative that you follow social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet or more between all individuals, not part of a single household.
  • Keep your circle small, and you are encouraged to keep a contact log.
  • Families camping together may gather together.
  • VISITORS must be registered at The Frog Hop and provide a $5/day/guest fee. By WI law, we are required to keep a guest/visitor registry in the event of a communicable disease outbreak or natural disaster.
  • The Frog Hop will be open with limited hours. There is a port-a-potty bathroom in both the South & West portions of the campground. The shower house is restricted to only those guests staying in tents or pop-ups without restroom accommodations.
  • Stay home if you're sick with respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • Following all other public health recommendations issued by DHS and the CDC.
    • We are allowing a limited number of tents, pop-ups, or campers without bathrooms. The shower house will be available to these guests ONLY!
    • All other campers with self-contained units (restroom facilities on-board) are welcome to use the restrooms in The Frog Hop during hours of operation or the port-a-potty.
    • We have opened our playground, gaga ball pit, the frog pond, and volleyball & basketball courts.
    • The Dew Drop Pond will open! The water park will not be installed. Please feel free to bring your own floating device, but not oversized objects, so we have room for all. Also, bring your own lawn chair for the beach and umbrella if needed (stakes are not allowed as they will puncture our rubber liner). And by all means, don’t forget the sunscreen!
    • Swimming is available at Round Lake County Park (117th St.), where there is a boat launch, small beach, and picnic area to enjoy. Please be respectful of other guests enjoying the outdoors with you and make sure you pick up after yourself!

What is closed or canceled?

  • Until further notice: shower house/bathroom (other than those in a tent, pop-up or camper without restroom facilities).
  • Planned activities.

What CAN you do at the camper?

  • Stargazing, relaxing with family, cozy campfires, biking or hiking local trails, fly a kite, fishing, enjoying the music of the geese, sandhill cranes, frogs and yes….donkeys, jumping in puddles if it rains, playing cards or board games with your family, telling stories or playing the guitar around the campfire, making pudgy pies and s’mores are just a few ideas that will create priceless memories!

What can you do for the community?

  • Please bring trash bags, food, and supplies with you from your home to avoid unnecessary trips to local stores.
  • Gas up before leaving home to avoid stopping at local gas stations.

Nightly/Weekend Guests:

  • We will be available at The Frog Hop for check-in. Our usual check-in time is 3pm, unless you have made other arrangements prior to your arrival.
  • If you need propane, firewood, ice, or other necessities, we can help you at check-in.
    • Per usual, no firewood is to be brought into the campground.

Reservations & Cancellations

  • Anyone who needs to cancel a reservation will receive a credit voucher to use at a different time this summer or next. We miss you and want to see you!

Visit CDC.GOV for more tips to stay healthy.

Wisconsinites Standing Together,
Kevin & Angie