LONGSWAMP TWP., Pa. - Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Berks County has reopened.

Outdoor dining, swimming, boating, and summer camps will resume, as the resort focuses on physical distancing, cleanliness and rapid response.

"It's been too quiet," said Gary Kline, Bear Creek's marketing director. "We closed ski season on March 15. [The] last hotel guest checked out on the 18th, and we have been closed ever since."

Doors were unlocked Monday, and the resort opened for business.

"It's definitely going to be different," Kline said. "It's a new normal, so we're having signs for physical distancing, a lot of cleaning going on in our common areas. Everything we are doing is to make sure our guests feel safe when they are here at the resort."

Health and safety of guests is top priority, while they now have the luxury of the hotel and cafe.

This Friday, Bear Creek's grill will allow indoor and outdoor dining, with the opening of its spa the first week of July.

"We are promoting outdoor activities, more for a 'staycation' for people that might be a little leery about getting on a plane or booking some travel vacation," Kline said, "so we are encouraging people to come out here and enjoy the outdoors."

From the pool to disc golf, the endless hiking trails and pond activities, there's a little bit of something for everyone.

"I think people are ready to go," Kline said. "It's been a long time. They've been sitting at home. Everyone is anxious to get back and everyone is really excited."

Many scheduled events will still happen as well. Bear Creek will operate its kids camps at limited capacity, and the resort's first wedding is scheduled for July 4.

Guests are not required to wear masks, but wearing masks is encouraged.

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