COOS COUNTY — The Appalachian Mountain Club and the Randolph Mountain Club have closed their lodging and backcountry facilities in response to COVID-19.
The Nansen Ski Club will continue to keep its trails at Milan State Park open but the warming hut and outhouse are closed.
The AMC said to slow the spread of the virus and to minimize the risk to the most vulnerable, it is closing all lodging and food-service facilities and suspending all in-person staff and volunteer lead programming. The suspension will remain in place through April 30. In addition, the AMC said staff members and volunteers have postponed all non-essential travel, meetings and gatherings.
A mandatory work-from-home policy is in place for all non-essential employees.
Information on the club’s revised reservation and cancellation policies are available on its website outdoors.org.
The Randolph Mountain Club is warning hikers not to plan on visiting or staying overnight at Crag Camp, Gray Knob, the Log Cabin, or the Perch until further notice.
In a release, the club said the four camps have no heat or running water and the handwashing and sanitizing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for public accommodations can not be accomplished.
The Nansen Ski Club will continue to keep its Nordic trail system open at Milan Hill State Park, but the warming hut and outhouse are closed.
The club said it could not sanitize the entry locks, handles and surfaces often enough to keep people safe.