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Washington state campgrounds to close through April 30

State orders restrictions to stem spread of coronavirus

By , Columbian Sports Editor
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Washington state agencies on Sunday announced a closure of all state-run campgrounds through April 30.

The order, which goes into effect on Monday, is meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

No new campers will be allowed at Washington state parks or lands overseen by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The restrictions also apply to indoor dwellings, such as cabins and yurts.

A statement released by Washington State Parks said campers currently at state-run sites will be asked to leave. People who have made reservations through April 30 will be notified and offered a refund.

Day use areas and trails on state lands remain open, but people are encouraged to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet apart. All visitors are discouraged from visiting Washington state beaches to reduce crowding at those sites.

Water access areas at Department of Fish and Wildlife sites, including the Shillapoo Wildlife Area in Clark County, remain open. But due to theft of toilet paper, restroom facilities at those sites may be unstocked.

People can find more information about Washington camping restrictions and policies at parks.state.wa.us/COVID19.

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