The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the world, closed down business, and affected millions of lives. The hospitality industry has taken the biggest blow due to the restrictions on socializing and going out. Even though camping can be a solitary activity, efforts to minimize the COVID-19 pandemic and increased social distancing have impacted it in a bad way as well. However, if the restrictions get lifted this summer as many officials predict, glamping can become one of the best vacation plans. Let’s take a look at the current practices and protocols related to COVID-19 to see how camping was affected exactly.
The Impact of Coronavirus
In order to slow down the spread of this virus, each state is handling the organization of its national and state parks differently. The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has argued that many campgrounds and parks provide residences to people who need to travel because of their work which is mandatory. On the other hand, guests who spend time there also place burden on the town’s resources which authorities believe is not a good idea now that many citizens have trouble waiting in queues and finding some products. Additionally, spending time at the campgrounds is a lot safer than going to the city’s hotels because you avoid public transport and crowds, which is true. One of the best parts of camping is that you determine your level of socialization – you can be friendly or you can be completely alone and enjoy nature and your solitude.
Many businesses have shut down but some owners believe that glamping will be a great escape for people who are already craving to spend time in nature and enjoy the luxuries that come with it. That is also the reason why it might be a great idea to start a glamping business when the restrictions get lifted. There will be many people who, sick and tired of quarantine, will yearn to enjoy the luxuries of glamping.
Campground Owners and COVID-19 Protocols
Campground owners had to come up with new plans on how to address these new pandemic protocols. Some of the things to take into account are:
- Hygiene and cleaning
- Social Activities
- Laundry Rooms
- Dealing with cash
Should You Camp This Year?
Glamping may be the best solution to spend time in natural surroundings to those that can afford it. Once the spread of this virus dies down, the hospitality industry will need to recover and start working as soon as possible. If you do decide to go out, having a pack of face masks might come in handy. You should consider them an essential part of your camping gear, among other things. It is important to stay safe, not only now but later too.
To conclude this article, we talked about the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on the whole camping business, including glamping. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, let us know and stay safe!