Prairie Island Campground opened on Friday to seasonal and primary residence campers. The campground continues to be closed to short-term recreational camping, per the continuing StayHomeMN order.
“We are hopeful that getting back to Prairie Island Campground and spending time outside will be a source of joy for our guests in this time of uncertainty,” said campground managers Anne Conway and Jamie Schell.
The campground is operating under new rules during COVID-19. They include:
• Only fully self-sufficient RVs and campers are allowed at this time. Independent camping units must include water, power, a bathroom, kitchen and sleeping quarters.
• Campers must email firstname.lastname@example.org with an arrival time.
• Only members from the same household or living unit, or significant others, of the primary site holder will be allowed into the campground.
• The following facilities are closed: the shower house, all bathrooms, playground, basketball court, rental of recreation equipment, boat docks, pavilion, and beach.
• The community garden, fish cleaning shack, and dump station are open; practice strict physical distancing, use your own tools, and sanitize the station and shack after use.
• All group activities and events are suspended until further notice.
• Anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must stay home.
While the campground is committed as much as possible to remaining open, campers’ behavior and ability to follow the rules will be the determining factor.
Although city hall remains closed to the public, all of the city’s essential services are working normally. Visit cityofwinona.com and facebook.com/cityofwinonacovid19 for regular updates on the city’s response to COVID-19, contact information for city staff, and updates on services.