Coronavirus concerns delay camping season at CT state parks
Looking forward to camping at one of Connecticut’s state parks on Memorial Day weekend?
Forget about it.
That’s because the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has delayed the start of camping season to June 11.
The camping season was scheduled to begin on May 22.
“The closure of DEEP campgrounds and campsites will be extended through June 11, with further extensions possible depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic,” DEEP posted on its camping page.
“Current reservations will be canceled and customers will be refunded in full.
DEEP is monitoring public health guidance and determining any operational changes that will be necessary to safely reopen camping.”
Connecticut State Parks has also suspended all new camping and cabin reservations for the 2020 season until further notice.
“If you've made a reservation for the season on or after June 12, and we determine your campground is safe to open, your reservation will be honored. If it is determined that additional closures to the camping season are warranted, you will receive a full refund. Thank you for your patience as we work to protect the safety of our visitors and staff,” DEEP says.
With the exception of Kent Falls in Kent and Seaside in Waterford, all state parks are open. There are some restrictions in place i ncluding the boardwalks at Silver Sands in Milford and Hammonasset in Madison.
DEEP also closes state parks when parking lots reach capacity.