Campgrounds Ordered Closed due to COVID-19 Emergency
In an effort to reduce additional risk of community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, Jen Rombalski, Director of the La Crosse County Health Department has ordered that all campgrounds in La Crosse County remain closed. The order will be in effect as long as Governor Ever’s Safer at Home emergency order #12 is in effect.
The role of the director of a local public health department includes the authority to take all measures necessary to prevent, suppress and control the spread of communicable disease.
As rationale for this action announced today, April 6, 2020, Rombalski cited the following reasons this action is necessary. Campgrounds:
- Draw people from outside of our county to be in our county (increasing population)
- Encourage non-essential travel
- Increase shopping at local stores in our county for supplies and groceries
- Allow for congregating of groups greater than 10
- Reduce the ability to properly social distance, especially in communal locations in campgrounds (e.g., bathrooms)
Rombalski stressed that now is the time to assure that actions are taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in La Crosse County. Community cooperation with all Safer at Home Emergency orders in our county should reduce disease transmission and return our county to normal routines sooner rather than later.
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