COVID-19 and Libby’s Oceanside Camp
We have been fielding a lot of questions lately about how summer camping at Libby’s Oceanside may be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 viral pandemic. These are unusual times, with best-practices changing frequently as the situation plays out across the country.
We want our guests to know that we put the health and safety of our community above all else. Decisions we make on opening and social-distancing will be made by putting health first, even if this means doing less business than we may legally be permitted to do. We are talking with folks we know who work in the Emergency and ICU departments of local hospitals, reading recommendations by the Maine and federal CDCs, and keeping on top of orders and recommendations happening across the U.S.
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Maine Governor Janet Mills issued an order closing all non-essential businesses through April 8 “unless amended, rescinded or renewed.” Many states near us have already issued longer closures of schools and non-essential businesses. Libby’s Oceanside Camp is considered an essential business because it is a place of lodging.
However, we do not want to encourage tourism until it is safer for folks nationwide to travel, and until our local healthcare system can handle the increased patient load that summer tourism usually brings.
With that in mind, our current plans are as follows:
Opening Day is currently scheduled for June 21st. We will miss our beloved May and June campers, but based on current projections, we believe it is wisest to plan on a late opening.
Reservations will be accepted beginning April 21st. Many of you may know we had been planning to open reservations earlier this year. Based on current projections of how the virus will affect Maine and the U.S., we anticipate a better understanding of summer travel recommendations by the end of April.
Deposits. We will collect the usual $100 deposit per weekly reservation. This year it will be fully refundable if you give us at least 2 weeks notice of any change. We ask folks to cancel or reschedule arrival if they have a fever of 100 or more, and/or have other symptoms of a contagious illness. If you are cancelling for any health-related reasons, we will refund your full deposit at any time as long as you contact us to let us know before your arrival date.
Seasonal Residents We will contact our seasonal site-holders directly with all the information they need to know about arrival dates. If you are a traveling healthcare professional and need an RV campsite while serving in the Seacoast area, please email us.
Daily Rates will remain what they were for our 2019 season.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time. Libby’s Oceanside Camp has weathered through The Great Depression, World War 2, and several major recessions. Through all those times, and now, our family’s focus has been on welcoming our guests for a time when they can refresh and recharge alongside the ocean in beautiful York, Maine. We look forward to welcoming you all back again soon.