Private campgrounds reopen with booming business

Published: Jun. 3, 2020 at 5:07 PM EDT
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(06/03/2020) - Jellystone Park in Frankenmuth, among many other private campgrounds around Michigan, are now open for business.

According to park management, the phone has been ringing off the hook since Monday, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted the stay home order.

"We've been looking forward to this for about two months now," said Southgate resident Jason Leja.

Leja and his daughter were excited to finally be out of the house, spending some quality time with Mother Nature.

"It's been hard. My wife's a doctor, so she's been working hard to get through it while the kids are working hard at school at home. It's been tough but we're glad we're close to the end," Leja said.

While coronavirus cases continue to go down in the state, health and safety precautions are being ramped up as businesses slowly begin to reopen.

"We sanitize all of our restrooms and our store 2-3 times a day. We disinfect everything at the top of every hour," said Jellystone Park manager Cindy Keinath.

She said while being back in business is important, so is the health and safety of her staff and campers.

"In our office, we have the shields up. All of our staff have face masks. If we're indoors, we're wearing face masks," Keinath said. "If we have to approach you for any reason at your site, all of our staff is ready with masks."

Keinath said use of the lots will be staggered and social distancing is strongly encouraged.

"It's been great to be home and enjoy your hometown. But it's time to come and see other places in Michigan," she said.

Michigan state parks campgrounds won't open until June 22 while state forest campgrounds won't open until June 15 due to delayed seasonal maintenance and setup.

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