May 20, 2020
ATTN Shareholders & Seasonals:
The purpose of this letter is to specify the conditions under which the Barry-Eaton District Health Department will approve of the use of seasonal sites utilized as second residences for owners or seasonal renters of that site. Seasonal sites are defined as long term camping sites for an RV with full hook-up (water, electricity, and sewer) that requires no interaction with people outside of the individual’s household.
Recreational camping, where RV and site are not truly a primary or secondary residence remain prohibited.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death. It is easily spread from person-to-person. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued various executive orders to suppress the spread of COVID-19. Executive order 2020-96, effective until May 28, 2020, states:
3. Subject to the exceptions in section 8 of this order, all individuals currently living within the State of Michigan are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence. Subject to the same exceptions, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household are prohibited.
4. All individuals who leave their home or place of residence must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.
8. (Relevant) Exceptions.
(a) Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary:
1. To engage in outdoor recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household. Outdoor recreational activity includes walking, hiking, running, cycling, boating, golfing, or other similar activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility.
(b) Individuals may also travel:
3. Between two residences in this state, including moving to a new residence.
(c) All other travel is prohibited, including all travel to vacation rentals.
After further review, the Barry-Eaton District Health Department agrees that this order allows for occupancy of seasonal camping sites as long as the following requirements are met:
1.) Check-in/Registration Procedures
- All check-in, registration, or other procedures should be provided using alternative methods to prevent in-person interactions.
2.) Visitors & Recreational Camping
- Prohibited under Executive Order 2020-96
3.) Bathrooms & Showers
- Shared bathroom and showers shall remain closed to prevent spread of illness.
4.) Communal Spaces (pools, playgrounds, meeting rooms, etc.)
- Facilities are responsible for closing amenities and preventing gathering at communal spaces in campgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to pools and hot tubs, playgrounds, meeting rooms, game rooms and gift shops.
5.) Maintain Required Services for Seasonal Residents
- For the health and safety of occupants, an approved water supply and wastewater disposal must be provided to the site. Trash service must also be available.
Any RV that does not have functioning internal plumbing for the purposes of accessing potable water and the disposal of sanitary wastewater cannot be occupied under the Barry-Eaton District Health Department Sanitary and Nuisance Codes.
If you have any questions please contact our office so we may assist you.
Jay Vanstee, R.E.H.S.
Environmental Health Director
Barry-Eaton District Health Department
Does the cost and maintenance of owning a cabin scare you? Consider renting a seasonal campsite at Camp Thornapple campground. No weekly packing, pulling your trailer, or better yet, no property taxes! Camp Thornapple even mows the lawn for you. By renting a seasonal site at Camp Thornapple campground, your family can enjoy camping every weekend, or even for a day without all the hassles of setting up, taking down, or pulling that big rig. All of Camp Thornapple recreation items will be waiting for your family each time you come.
Our seasonal campers enjoy the same site every year. They may visit any time they wish and stay as long as they want between May 1st and October 1st. The seasonal campers at Camp Thornapple Campground can leave their boats in the water at their own boat slip.
Many seasonal have their own * Three season room and shed on their site. A shed helps keep their lots clean and tidy while providing them with storage for their summer toys and extra items. (* follow 3 season room & shed rules listed below).
2020 Seasonal Camping Rate: $1,400.00 plus electric