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Camping, Canoeing, & Kayaking in the Juniata River Valley!
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Buttonwood Campground’s plan mitigate the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Yellow Phase

To ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf on May 15th announced that our county will be moving from the Red to Yellow Phase of the PA reopening. Starting on Friday, May 22, we will enter the Yellow Phase.  Unfortunately, this does not mean a lot of changes as to how we have been operating for the past three weeks.  All entertainment amenities must remain closed at this time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities. These guidelines must still be followed statewide by businesses and when engaging in outdoor activity while the state disaster declaration remains in effect. The guidelines will ensure the safety of individuals and families engaging in outdoor activities, and adherence will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

We will still be taking this pandemic seriously as we move through each phase.  We will be following CDC guidance and other recommended guidelines to develop procedures that will help to mitigate risk.  Anyone who chooses not to follow these rules and procedures will be asked to leave the park immediately.

Allowed and Open

  • We encourage campers to purchase groceries or other items in your local area before coming to our campground.
  • On May 22, some bathhouses and restrooms will be opened with extra cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
  • The store will be open for one family at a time. We ask that all parents keep a close eye on their children.  Please do not unnecessarily touch items.  Masks will be required while in the store.
  • Golf cart rentals will be available.
  • We can allow multiple households to interact on the same site if they are still maintaining the recommended 6-foot distance between all households. Masks are encouraged to be worn even at this distance.
  • If the river height stays below the determined unsafe level of 6.5 feet at the Lewistown gauge, guests are encouraged to utilize the river if everyone maintains the recommended 6-foot distance between households. Please call the office if you have any questions about the river.

Not Allowed and Closed

  • Play areas, game rooms, the recreation hall, jumping pillow, laser tag, pedal carts, swimming pool, miniature golf, our tubing services, and other like amenities will remain closed at this time.
  • All organized activities and sports will be cancelled at this time.
  • Absolutely NO visitors will be allowed to enter the park at this time.
  • Cabins are available, but there will be no back-to-back rentals. We will be using bleach solution and/or disinfectant to clean everything as in the past, but we plan to leave a 24-hour turnaround time following cleaning to be extra cautious. All cabin guests are also expected to bring their own dish soap, personal soap, and other personal items with them. You must bring your own linens.

Other Guidelines and restrictions

  • Customers and staff will be required to wear a mask during any face-to-face interaction.
  • Stay close to home: Pennsylvanians are encouraged to enjoy permitted outdoor recreational activities within their community and avoid crowding popular destinations.
  • Practice social distancing: Maintain the recommended minimum 6 feet apart from fellow recreationists. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to wear a mask or protective garment that covers their nose and mouth any time they go outside.
  • Minimize risk to others: Individuals should only go out if they feel healthy and have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs and handrails.
  • Have a plan: Create a safety plan before heading outdoors.  Explain to children the need to keep their distance from others, even if they happen to see a friend while outside.

“Practicing social distancing takes a little planning and patience but it is necessary if we want to continue to flatten the curve while ensuring that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to de-stress and get exercise,” Governor Wolf said. “Finding the balance between enjoying the outdoors and staying safe is only possible when all Pennsylvanians are abiding by the same precautions. It’s critical that all Pennsylvanians adhere to the safety guidelines to allow for these outdoor activities to remain available to the public.”

Let us be honest.  Even though we are in yellow phase, for the time being, camping will not be what we knew it to be.  Please be prepared for this temporary “new camping” and have patience as we navigate through this unprecedented time.  Please see the individual procedures for things like arrival, check in, golf cart permits, etc. that were posted previously.  This is a fluid situation and things will be changing.  For now, we must strictly follow these guidelines, so we do not lose our ability to be open.

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