Erie County submits revised order on campgrounds for NYSDOH approval, would allow some RV use

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Posted at 3:24 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 15:24:15-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Friday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the county had submitted a revised version of the Emergency Order closing campgrounds to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for approval.

The revision would allow camping in some self-contained recreational vehicles (RVs) on seasonal campsites. Poloncarz said the RVs would need to have their own working bathrooms in order to qualify. The revision would also apply to permanent structures on campgrounds with similarly self-contained working bathrooms.

Those allowed to returned to RVs and permanent structures would do so "with restrictions," Poloncarz said. Tent camping and camping would still not be allowed.

Poloncarz said the NYSDOH could make a decision on the proposed revision by the end of the day or early next week.

In regards to the potential revision to the emergency order, Erie County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein reminded potential campers that "many of the facilities that people traditionally enjoy are not going to be available." This includes beaches and pools currently closed under the New York PAUSE order.

Watch the full remarks on the revised order here: