Campgrounds reopen in Indiana

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LINCOLN CITY, Ind. (WEHT) – Camping sites across Indiana reopened ahead of the Memorial Day Weekend. After the original reopening stage was slated for May 24, the Governor pushed up Stage 3 to Friday.

It did not take long for people – to find some firewood – pitch a tent or even grab a grill. Reservations for campgrounds did not open until Thursday – but it’s already booked at Lincoln State Park. Most spots across the state are also taken for the weekend.

Stage 3 of the reopening plan is in effect through June 13 and allows social gatherings of up to 100 people.  Campgrounds are among those allowed to reopen.

At Lincoln State Park in Spencer County, many people traveled across the state including Jeff Akers, who’s been coming to the park for decades.

“When we heard it was opening sooner we decided to go ahead and book this two more days just to have more fun,” said Akers.

He said despite camping, he’s still worried about the ongoing pandemic.

“We plan on doing a lot of social distancing, just trying to stay away from people and if we get close to some people like in the bathrooms or whatever we will put our masks on,” Akers said. “We plan on taking all the precautions we can.”

Park officials said they will be keeping a close watch – as visitors return to some sense of normalcy.

“I want them to come out and have a good time, I want them to enjoy being with their family because we have all been stuck inside for a very long time so this is a chance for them to get away especially camping, this is a great opportunity for them to get out of their house,” said Lincoln State Park Assistant Property Manager Cheyenne Knox. “I encourage people to social distance again and kind of recreate safely and responsibly, we do not want to go wild and rambunctious we want to keep things mild and we just want everyone to have a good time while they are here.”

Officials say the playground areas will remain closed in compliance with the reopening phases.

Lincoln State Park’s beach will reopen tomorrow for swimmers.

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(This story was originally published on May 22, 2020)

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