KOA campground on the Island open with restrictions

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — In response to the statewide lifting of coronavirus regulations, more businesses are continuing to reopen services.

Tuesday, Texas Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) announced that 26 of its campgrounds are now open to leisure camping.

The South Padre Island KOA Holiday campground is open with some restrictions, including the closures of its pool and hot tub, Commons Recreation Hall, satellite bathhouse and laundry and playground jump pad.

All guests will also be required to wear wristbands, which will be provided.

“Locations are adhering to guidelines and recommendations from local health organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while providing an easy, affordable way to get away from it all whether you travel in an RV or prefer a Deluxe Cabin with a private bathroom,” a press release states. “In addition, KOA has worked to provide tools for their campground locations to aid in best serving guests in light of COVID-19.”

According to the press release, research performed by KOA found that more than 40 percent of campers still want to take planned camping trips, 47 percent were going to replace other trips with camping and 29 percent plan to make camping their first trip when restrictions are lessened.

“Our locally owned and operated campgrounds are excited and ready to do what they do best, share the great outdoors with everyone,” KOA CEO and President Toby O’Rourke stated in a press release. “We’re working diligently with all our locations to put the proper protocols in place to ensure the welfare of our staff and our campers.”

According to KOA representatives, a return to the outdoors is essential to mental and physical health and well-being.

“By its very nature, camping is a great way to get away while staying distanced,” O’Rourke stated in the press release. “Camping gets you out of the house and into the fresh air allowing families to connect to the outdoors while still remaining cautious of the virus.”

For more information about the SPI KOA Holiday campground, email southpadre@koa.net or call (956) 761-5665.