RV Coronavirus News Update, April 6, 2020

Last Updated on April 7, 2020 by Jess

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Read yesterday’s comprehensive news coverage coronavirus pandemic and how it affects RVers.

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The Forest River Owners Group (FROG) canceled the 2020 Tadpole Rally on April 30 to May 3, and the 2020 California Dreaming Rally May 20-26 in Hemet, California.

California Borrego Springs State Park, like other California state parks, is closed, as are most local businesses. The park is the largest in the state park system and very popular with RV snowbirds. Rangers have placed barricades over the entrance to most of the park’s 500 miles of dirt roads.

Capitol Reef National Park. One of Utah’s beauty spots. But visit it another time.

Closed signs are now placed on scenic drive on Capitol Reef National Park Utah. This comes on the heels of visitor centre closures, Gifford House and Fruita Campground.

The Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico has closed all its developed campsites. Scattered campsites outside developed sites is still an option, and most fish entrances are still accessible.

Boondockers Welcome has added more than 100 locations where members can stay in their motorhomes for free. Some hosts are allowed to stay longer than a night, leaving RVers quarantined and/or hunker down if needed. Read more.

Shenandoah National Park is closed daily from 20:00 to 07:00 for all access. Skyline Drive is closed to motorvehicles from mile 0 at Front Royal to mile 65.5 on Route 33 east of Elkton and west of Stanardsville (Swift Run Entrance). Camping is closed.

The Fleetwood Motorhome Association cancelled the 2020 Western Rally, scheduled for April 8-12 in Yuma, Arizona.

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah has closed all public boat ramps on Lake Powell to protect the health and safety of workers and visitors and provide resource protection by reducing the risk of quagga mussel contamination to other bodies of water.

Not after measures in Connecticut in support of safe, solitary enjoyment of outdoor spaces can result in penalties ranging from a verbal warning to a fine of $5,000 and even arrests and criminal charges for disrupting or obstructing lawful civil preparedness activity.

Walmart is the newest retailer announce that it will limit the number of shoppers in an effort to promote social distancing. Stores will now “allow no more than five customers for every 1,000 square feet at any given time, about 20% of a store’s capacity.”

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife all announced the extensive closure of its state land to the public until May 4.

When ordering groceries online, then pick them up, it’s smart to disinfect the products when bringing them into your home or RV. Reader Gaila Mallery suggests this method: “I only disinfect the perishable goods and things that are needed that day I’m in the camper and leave the rest in the car for a few days [so any virus can die].”

All Idaho State Park campsites are closed until at least 15 May. The parks are still open for day use.

The Governor of Arizona has closed hotels and motels, but RV parks, which are considered essential businesses, remain open.

New order from Riverside County, California. You should wear a mask when leaving your home and not meeting with someone who does not live in your home.

Death Valley. Shut down.

Death Valley National Park, the largest national park in the lower 48 states on about 3.4 million acres, closed Saturday due to the coronavirus pandemic. California State Highway 190 and Daylight Pass are open to through traffic.

The Puyallup (Washington) RV Show, scheduled for 30 April to 3 May, has been postponed until 13-16 July.

Menards plans to start taking shoppers and workers’ temperatures soon at its 300-plus home improvement stores.

The CARES Act, the legislation just signed into law, temporarily loosening the rules on hardship distributions of retirement accounts, allowing people affected by the crisis to access $100,000 of their retirement savings without the usual 10% fine.

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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this short video Shows you the most effective way to wash your hands to get rid of germs.

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New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus affects RVers. Get all-day updates on park and camping closures, canceled rallies and RV shows – and more. Talk to other RVers about what’s going on right now.

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