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Keep ME Open: Keeping camping safe as sites reopen

With all the stress and strangeness of the COVID-19 pandemic, folks are headed camping.

SEARSPORT, Maine — This summer is anything but normal. For some, camping is still the way to get away from it all. 

"It makes you feel normal," said camper Jenny Taliadoros, "you have to have that. You have to feel normal during a time like this." 

Some Maine campgrounds are experiencing record low business, but at like Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, optimism remains high. 

"We might not have all the numbers we would have wanted, but we're really enjoying the people that are here," said campground co-owner Astrig Tanguay. 

Tanguay added the future looks rosy for the campground. One reason is because of a slush fund shes been putting towards for years. 

"You can go from being perfectly fine to having the business turn around on a dime," Tanguay explained. 

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The slow business has gave Tanguay and her husband time to install an antiviral fogger. It disinfects surfaces to lessen the chance of spreading the coronavirus

"I feel safe her," says Taliadoros.

She added that camping is all about social distancing and thinks more folks should be heading outdoors. 

Don't forget! You can find businesses open near you by heading over the open near me section of our website or mobile app. You can also just text the word 'open' to 828-6622.

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