Outdoor Recreation Sector Supports COVID-19 Response Efforts

Businesses across the outdoor recreation industry are stepping up to aid first responders, healthcare workers and law enforcement

RV Community


The RV community is providing temporary housing/support for essential workers, many of whom are on the front lines of this pandemic.

  • RV parks, campgrounds & marinas play vital role as traveling medical personnel and families utilize these places as their only source of temporary housing.

  • RV manufacturers have offered to donate RVs to help hospitals and other providers combat the growing pandemic.

  • Airstream has donated two NEST travel trailers to Wilson Health’s medical team to use to conduct testing at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Ohio.

  • RVC Outdoor Destinations is seeing an uptick in reservation requests from traveling nurses, many of whom use their RVs as their self-contained home while they are on temporary assignment at hospitals and other medical facilities across the country.

  • California is purchasing more than 1,300, Louisiana and Dallas have also purchased RVs as well.

  • RV dealers are providing space for doctors to quarantine patients, including in California and Louisiana.

  • RV dealers are also providing essential services for power companies.

  • Departments of Corrections are using RVs on site during this crisis.

  • Dealers in Texas are providing RV trailers to local police, hospitals and emergency medical service providers.



Many campgrounds are providing life-essential products and services to those on the front lines, including food, water, propane, electrical, and laundry to other essential businesses, as well as temporary housing for folks who are displaced.

Outdoor Gear and Equipment


Outdoor gear manufacturers appear to be solely recreation companies, but are also keeping workers safe, making them crucial to the supply chain.

Marine Industry


Marine retailers in several states (MA, MD, ME) are donating their supplies of N95-designated dust masks and other equipment to health facilities in dire need, and are encouraging others to do the same.

  • Many marinas offer slips to law enforcement to ensure quick response for water safety.

Specialty Equipment Manufacturers

Many companies make products deemed critical and essential for the nation’s transportation infrastructure and are continuing to manufacture and supply those products. Several companies have inquired about how to assist in addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and been directed to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

Outdoor Footwear and Apparel


  • Flowfold has retooled its facility to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment for hospitals.

  • Eddie Bauer is temporarily shifting portions of its production capacity to make N95 and surgical masks.

  • Superfeet has opened up access to its 3D printers and/or production facilities to shore up short-term medical supply demand.

  • Kitsbow Cycling Apparel is making personal protective equipment to help first-responders and medical staff.

  • Under Armour pledged to donate $1 million to Feeding America to support hunger relief efforts and another $1 million in money and products to Good Sports.

  • KEEN gave away 100,000 pairs of shoes to workers on the front lines and the families at home fighting through the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Canada Goose is manufacturing personal protective equipment.

  • New Balance Foundation has pledged $2 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts.



  • WSI Sports is making medical masks, gowns, scrubs and shoe/head coverings for COVID-19.

  • DPS is working on converting its ski manufacturing into a surgical mass production line, working with governor’s disaster team and the Utah Department of Health to get up and running.

  • Shaggy’s Skis transitions manufacturing from skis to face shields for hospitals and healthcare workers.



  • Simms Fishing is manufacturing medical gowns for hospital workers.