Erie County campground closures lead to fear for owners

Posted at 6:03 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:06:11-04

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) — A delayed start to camping season has turned into an indefinite closure. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's order for all campgrounds to close went into effect on Wednesday.

"It could be devastating to a small business like us because we rely on that revenue to pay the staff," Branches of Niagara partner Tom McLaughlin said. "As well as all the capital work and the maintenance. So we can't do it without people coming here."

The cabins at Branches of Niagara campground on Grand Island are 50 feet apart, which is well above the social distancing requirement. The staff was taking additional measures to be ready to open by mid-May.

"Even the way things are today, we believe that campgrounds are a great place where we could have a safe interaction with people where they're not close to each other," McLaughlin said. "We think it's very doable."

If you've got cabin fever, a wooden cabin in Erie County is no longer an option. Campgrounds will remain closed until the county's order is lifted.