HWCGI Board Statement Covid-19


COVID-19 information is changing like Indiana weather. One minute we have warm weather with sunny blue skies and the next we have cold stormy weather. Last week we received a letter from the Franklin County Sheriff and Brookville Town Legal Counsel. This letter was posted on our Facebook page and Web-site. In summary the letter stated that the Franklin County Council would like us to stay at our permanent homes unless we do not have another permanent residence or for health reasons. However they stated that they were not saying that owners could not come to their private lots to perform upkeep or even spend the night. They asked us to follow the Governor’s orders to practice social distancing and limit gathering of more than 10 individuals. They also asked us to keep our common ground closed with the exception of the laundry. The Hickory Woods Board has previously published guidelines that we would like each lot owner to follow. We have closed all common ground except for the laundry.

Yesterday, we received a call from the Franklin County Board of Health. I, Jeff Rush, called them to understand what they are asking us to do. The Franklin County Board of Health is asking us to volunteer to keep our campground closed until Sunday, May 24, 2020. They explained that Franklin County continues to have new COVID-19 cases. At this time Franklin County has not declared orders greater than Indiana Governor Eric Holcombs orders. Franklin County is currently in Phase 2. For more details of the orders you can look up BackOnTrack.in.gov. Currently Indiana is in Phase 2 with the exception of Cass, Lake and Marion counties. Those counties are still in Phase 1.

The Hickory Woods Board believes that we need to keep all of the owners updated with the latest information. We are providing you with the information as we received it. We are asking you to make your own decision about your particular private lot. However for safety of all, we ask owners to follow the items below:

· Follow Governor Eric Holcombs current orders. Again they can be found at BackOnTrack.in.gov

· Remember all common ground is closed until May 24, 2020. If you need something from the office, see Rock he will help you.

·1. If you are feeling ill please stay away

· 2. If you have a temperature of 100 degrees or more please stay away

· 3. Practice social distancing

· 4. Until May 24, 2020, Please limit visitors to only your family

· 5. Until May 24, 2020, we are not allowing external campers to be brought into camp for overnight visitors

· We are allowing you to bring in contractors to work on your lot, however you must inform Rock. If you do not inform Rock the contractor will be turned away.

Let’s all be smart and play safe


Your Hickory Woods Board

Updated: Indiana Executive Order 20-18 (5)

Hello All,
I received this information from the Franklin County Health Dept./Lawyer for
Franklin County. Know that they are aware our campground is resident
owned. Our government is mandating these orders and may revise by
May 1st. This is determined by the number of covid-19 illnesses in each
county. Union County and the campgrounds in Union County are permitted
to be open with restrictions. I will do my best to keep you informed of any

Please stay healthy and safe,
Michelle Mann

From: Grant Reeves
Date: April 16, 2020 at 1:49:27 PM EDT
Subject: Hickory Woods Opening

We have been in contact with the Governor’s office and various other enforcement officials.
Franklin County believes its position is on firm footing and still within the intent and language of
the governor’s order.

1) At present, the County is fine with people that have no other residence (i.e. true
permanent residents) staying at Hickory Woods.

2) Anyone legitimately isolating there as a matter of necessity to stay away from an ill or
high risk person is also acceptable, particularly in the case of a family member of a
medical professional or first responder that is trying to stay safe and slow the spread of

3) At this time, we maintain that other parties are not exempt from Executive Order 20-18
and should not stay overnight. If someone has another residence, they need to remain
at that residence.

The County asks that your facility abide by the above and our prior guidance out of respect for
the County’s efforts to level off and protect its first responders and medical personnel. We were
initially one of the worst counties in the state per capita, but it appears we may be starting to
level off. We are trying to ride this out a bit longer to keep things under control. Given the
volume of recreational and vacation activities in this community, we have no choice but to err on
the side of caution. The County already had one facility open up and had a serious accident
that required a party to be taken out in an emergency helicopter, exposing numerous first
responders for no legitimate reason. While we understand the risks from any one facility are
likely low, we have to establish our boundaries based on the aggregate.

We continue to monitor this issue closely to allow as many locations as possible to operate as
much as possible. If the governor’s order changes and as we approach May 1, we will continue
to revisit this issue.

Thank you,

Of Counsel/Contract Attorney
Barada Law Offices LLC
Mail: 201 N Main Street, Rushville, IN 46173

Hickory Woods Covid-19 Protocol

Hello to all of our Hickory Woods Campground owners. We hope that you are well and handling this health crisis as best as you can. We, the board, will follow the guidelines of our government leaders and have implemented these guidelines/rules until further notice. 

Hickory Woods is open with these limitations.

1. Owners and family only.

2. No visitors at this time.

3. No groups larger than 10 and social distancing (6 feet apart) is mandatory.

4. Closed areas are the pavilion, shower house/restrooms and office. The office is locked but operating (a table is placed outside the door for you to pick up ice, etc).

5. The playground, volleyball and horseshoe areas are closed.

6. Limited access to the laundry shed (one person at a time and please disinfect before you leave). 

We understand that these are trying times. Our hope is to keep everyone healthy and by following these guidelines we can get back to operating normally as soon as possible. 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

o   Franklin County has two confirmed coronavirus cases

o   No restrictions greater than the State of Indiana restrictions are in place

o   We still plan on opening Wednesday, April 1.

o   We ask that if you feel sick and/or have a temperature at or above 100.4 please do not come to camp

o   Please practice social distancing

o   Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people