DON'S COVID-19 UPDATE!
DON'S CURRENT COVID 19 RIVER CLOSURE UPDATE!
Is the river open?
Riverfront parks, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis/pickleball courts, Blanco Shoals Natural Area, and restrooms are closed.
To our River Friends and Family, Due to Governor Abbots executive orders we are closed indefinitely. Governor Abbott passed on June 26 order to close all Texas bars once again and changing rules for some other businesses, including tubing and rafting establishments. These changes come after record breaking rises in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Texas. Summed up, Texas tubing and rafting establishments had to close.
Abbotts order states "People shall not use commercial rafting or tubing services, including rental of rafts or tubes and transportation of people for the purpose of rafting or tubing."
We know a lot of you are tempted in this heat to go hop in a river – we attempted to put safety measures in place, including social distancing, employees wearing masks, sanitizing tubes and limiting the number of people who can launch at once. We tried to implement safety measures to follow protocol but the widespread pandemic has reached our business and in an attempt to keep you all safe we have been ordered to stay closed and not allow parking on our property.
The governor said the coronavirus positivity rate got too high, so he had to issue new changes. The positivity rate is the number of positive cases compared to the total tests completed. The governor previously said if the positivity rate went above 10%, businesses were going to have to shut down again.
"At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars," Abbott said in his order. "The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health."
"We want this to be as limited in duration as possible, Abbott said. "However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can."
MAYOR CLOSES SAN MARCOS RIVER PARKS
The mayor of nearby San Marcos closed her city’s river parks on June 25 to keep the community safe from COVID-19.
Park areas that are closed are marked with signage and chain-link fencing. Violators will be subject of fines up to $1,000 and will face possible arrest on charges of criminal trespass if they refuse to listen to the police.
San Marcos’ dog park, skate park and natural areas will remain open. Hayes County Veterans Memorial will remain accessible but river access will be restricted.
All public restroom facilities and water fountains in city parks and natural areas will remain closed until further noticed.
We will make an announcement on our social medias insta: @donsfishcamp & FB: @Donsfishcamp when we know we will be opening back up. Please be safe and thank you for all of your support! <3 Though you cannot float or park on our property at this time, you can go support us and help us keep the river clean at www.donsfishcamp.com ! We are doing 25% OFF all of our merch use code “DONS25” as a special thank you for you guys reading this, again, we love you and miss you guys! Not how we expected 2020 to go but we will get through it and come back even stronger! #donsfishcamp
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