Coronavirus: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself, Your Employees and Campers

Resources and Guides to Help Your Park Through This Emergency

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information about Coronavirus is being updated daily. As more information about the virus and its spread become known, this blog will be updated to help keep you informed of the details (resources available here).  

[UPDATED 7/10/20, 7:00 am MT] As reports of the coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, it is raising many concerns surrounding safety, especially for those in the hospitality business. The situation is rapidly developing, and new information is coming to the forefront daily, but experts are continually stating that the best course of action is to remain calm and take simple, effective preparations to create safe environments for your guests, employees and park.  

Have a question? We'll ask the experts!
 

Below You'll Find:

  1. [NEW MAY 7] Re-Opening Toolkit 
  2. ARVC Daily Updates 
  3. State-Specific Updates
  4. ARVC Webinar Series 
  5. Advocacy
  6. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Application Information **NEW**
  7. SBA Updates Disaster Assistance Criteria
  8. Essential vs. Nonessential Businesses 
  9. Resources 
  10. Ordering Supplies
  11. Reaching Customers
  12. Other Resources

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Re-Opening Toolkit

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has launched a comprehensive toolkit that gives owners and operators in the United States and Canada all the tools they need to re-open their RV park or campground while focusing on the safety of their guests and employees and a smooth return to business 

The toolkit, available for anyone to download for free, includes a three-phased approach for re-opening, a robust guide called Re-Opening RV Parks and Campgrounds: A Guide for the Outdoor Hospitality Industrya Quick Guide for easy reference, and a myriad of policy and signage templatesmarketing assets and other resources. 

The content for the toolkit was an industry-wide effort. ARVC collaborated with Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), the Canadian RV Association (CRVA), Marshall & Sterling Insurance, state associations and many other industry partners to produce the content 

SEE THE TOOLKIT
READ THE PRESS RELEASE
 

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ARVC Updates

This will allow you to stay informed on the latest news, advocacy efforts, resources, government policies affecting our industry and how ARVC is advocating for you! See previous updates here


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State-Specific Updates

While ARVC is fighting for you at a national level, state associations across the country are fighting for you locally and together our industry is making a difference.


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ARVC Webinar Series

Watch replays of our ARVC Webinar Series featuring presentations and question and answer session from industry experts. Featured experts are listed below according to their field of expertise:

Advocacy: Jeff Sims, ARVC Senior Director of State Relations & Program Advocacy
Emergency Preparedness: Patrick Hardy, Hytropy.com
Finance/Banking: Paul Bosley, Business Finance Depot
Legal: Christine Taylor, Attorney, Towne, Ryan and Partners
Insurance: Chris Hipple, Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance; Irene Jones, Marshall & Sterling
Marketing: Mark Koep, CampgroundViews.com; Brian Searl, Insider Perks 
Mental Health: Jenna Smith, MSW, PLLC, Jenna Smith Therapy

Have a question? We'll ask the experts!
  

Miss the webinars? Click the date below to listen to "Get Your Questions Answered by Experts"

April 16  |  April 9  |  April 6  |  April 2  |  March 30   |  March 26   |  March 23  

    Watch the "Emergency Planning for RV Parks and Campgrounds" Webinar 

    Questions + Answers from the Webinars, by topic:  

    Links & resources from webinars:

    STRONGER TOGETHER: ARVC Announces Emergency Webinars Featuring Industry Experts
    ARVC has created a series of interactive webinars focused on helping RV park and campground owners and operators deal with the current health emergency. The series will provide resources, tools and strategies from experts to safely and effectively manage a campground through this situation.

    Learn more about the webinars

     

     


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    ADVOCACY

    ARVC is partnering with other industry organizations to advocate for the RV industry, including private RV parks and campgrounds, to remain open as essential businesses and be included in upcoming stimulus packages for small businesses. Below are examples of direct communication with legislators taken in recent days. If you have any questions about any of ARVC's advocacy efforts contact Jeff Sims at advocacy@arvc.org.


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    APPLY FOR YOUR PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) LOAN TODAY!

    Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees. Loan payments on unforgiven portions will also be deferred for six months. It is recommended you submit the completed forms to your local lender since most lenders will be servicing their own customers first. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION TODAY!


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    SBA UPDATES DISASTER ASSISTANCE CRITERIA [LINK]

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. Click the link above to learn more and apply.

    NOTE: During this this time, make sure to keep detailed records of any business lost due the pandemic to assist with recovering lost revenue through stimulus packages, SBA loans or grants available from the government following this crisis.

    LATEST SBA INFO: 


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    ESSENTIAL VS. NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

    States, counties and cities across the country have made the announcement that only essential businesses are to remain open during this time. ARVC is aware of these announcements and is having discussions with government authorities and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) to promote the fact that campgrounds and parks often provide permanent residences for individuals, and temporary lodging for those traveling, due to necessary work. Campgrounds and RV parks also allow individuals to be better equipped for social distancing due to space and contained units than other lodging. As well, many campgrounds that provide propane, grocery services and other food services are essential services that need to remain open in this time.

     If your campground is told that it will need to shut down, please contact ARVC at advocacy@arvc.org or call us at 303-681-0401 so we can assist you in your discussions with your the AHJs making this decision.

    NOTE: During this this time, make sure to keep detailed records of any business lost due the pandemic to assist with recovering lost revenue through stimulus packages, SBA loans or grants available from the government following this crisis..

     


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    RESOURCES

    ARVC has created a listing helpful links and resource on our Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources Page to help you stay informed and minimize the effect of the virus at your park and to help create safe accommodations for your guests. This folder will continue to be updated as new information and resources become available. Click the button below to view the information.

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources

    See more resources below. 


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    ORDERING SUPPLIES

    We want to make sure you are covered with the items you need. ARVC has been working with our Member Benefit Providers (MBPs) to find supplies for RV park and campground owners. While many companies are prioritizing hospitals and first responders, supplies such as general cleaning supplies to toilet paper may be available to you as well. You can purchase these items with your ARVC member discount using the links below.

    Staples is offering free delivery with no minimum order. Click here to learn more about ordering from Staples.

    Office Max/Office Depot is offering curbside pickup at many of their locations. Click the link below to get a digital card for in store purchases. Orders can also be placed one and will ship out when the product is in stock. Click here to learn more about ordering from Office Max/Office Depot. 

    If you need help accessing your member information to take advantage of these discounts, please give us a call at 303-681-0401 or email us at membership@arvc.org

    Hand Sanitizer 
    Ranger Ready recognizes the need that ARVC members have in keeping their staff and visitors safe and protected. Ranger Ready will work to ensure accommodating each and every order we receive and will fulfill based on inventory available. We currently are limiting our retail partners/campgrounds to purchases of 48-96 units. Please click here to learn more.


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    REACHING CUSTOMERS

    Make sure you are keeping your GoCampingAmerica.com profile updated so campers can find you! Many public campgrounds are closing with RVers still on the road and many of those RVers will use GoCampingAmerica.com to find their next destination. Update your profile today and if you need assistance, contact the ARVC membership team at 303-681-0401 or info@gocampingamerica.com

    If your business is being impacted by COVID-19, make sure your customers are aware of any changes to your day-today operations. Constant Contact, one of our Member Benefit Providers (MBP) can help you save money while reaching out to customers. Constant Contact has provided some resources to help you and your business during these times. 

    If you need help accessing your member information to take advantage of these discounts, please give us a call at 303-681-0401 or email us at membership@arvc.org


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    Other Resources

    Mental Health Resources

    Insurance Resources