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Memorial Day weekend campers deal with COVID-19 precautions at state parks

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COVID-19 is on the mind of campers heading to state parks in Missouri for Memorial Day weekend.

As campers park their tents at Wakonda State Park they're being greeted with signs reminding people to keep their social distancing and stay home if they're sick.

"We just do a lot of cooking out and s'mores and have a really good time and we are trying to do socially distance as much as possible," camper Karen Ransom said.

She said she always looks forward to this time with her family so she's glad the parks are open again and said she's also glad park officials are cleaning facilities and encouraging safe practices.

"At 9:00 they was over there again, and my husband went over there to take a shower at 10:00 and they were over there again, so they are doing a very excellent job here at Wakonda," Ransom said.

She said even making all payments and booking online is the right move.

"Money is probably in my eyes is one of the dirtiest things you can deal with every day," Ransom said.

Other campers like Ron Neff said they're just excited to be back out in nature.

"First of May we had a seven day trip to Montauk State Park and due to this COVID thing we had to cancel," Neff said.

He said while it was frustrating having to cancel plans, he knows there's a reason for it.

"I think it's kind of crazy personally but they know a lot more about it than I do," Neff said.

Campers are also being reminded to stick with people from their own household and keep cleaning products on hand to stay safe.

Beaches iN state parks also re-opened this week as well.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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