In advance of Memorial Day weekend, private campgrounds and RV parks in Maine will be allowed to open to Maine residents on Friday, May 22, under an updated reopening plan from the Mills administration.

Campgrounds and RV parks had been scheduled to open on June 1 under the state's original plan to reopen the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We believe allowing private campgrounds to open with strict health and safety precautions to Maine residents minimizes risks while supporting mental and physical health, particularly during the long Memorial Day weekend,” Gov. Janet Mills said in a statement on Tuesday.

Those private campgrounds and RV parks that choose to open must follow a state checklist to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

State campgrounds are still scheduled to open June 1.

Also on Tuesday, the governor's office said it would delay the opening of fitness centers and nail salons. Both had been scheduled to reopen on June 1, but state health officials say studies show the activities at those establishments lend themselves to transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Last week, Mills updated the state's reopening plan to allow hotels and other lodging providers to accept reservations starting June 1.

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