Covid-19

The Covid-19 virus pandemic has caught us all by surprise and is causing immense havoc among businesses in Canada. Camping in Ontario has been regularly communicating with several government departments that have some control over our industry.As of today's date the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Park advise that outdoor (open) recreational facilities are permitted to be open in Ontario. Indoor recreational facilities, such as gyms, indoor swimming pools are not.  
However, they have asked that we  do not open use of shared spaces such as 

  • laundry facilities,
  • general stores,
  • playgrounds,
  • office,
  • bathrooms
  • etc
  • Ensure campers are practicing self-isolation of two metres (or six feet)
  • do not allow social events that allow people to gather in groups
Further  all campers returning from outside of Canada must self isolate themselves before being allowed into the campground. Therefore NO ONE, returning from out of country will be allowed into the campground until May 15.This will allow you to self isolate yourselves for the 14 day  time frame established as the self isolation period. We know this will cause  hardship to those individuals but this is much better than the alternative. Provincial Parks have been CLOSED and the possibility of private campgrounds also being forced to close is still being discussed. 
We have a responsibility to ALL our campers to insure that this is a safe and healthy environment for everyone. We simply cannot take the chance that someone may become sick as a result of  coming into contact with a corona virus infected individual. 
 
Camping in Ontario has directed us to speak to our lawyer and insurance company with regards to our liability. After confuring with our lawyer and insurance company we have been told that no one should be allowed to enter the campground  until they have signed a Waiver of Liability form  These forms will be available at the office or will be posted on our website for you to download and sign.
 
As of today, March 20, we intend to open May 1 but there will be restrictions on activities. 
Mary and I want you to know that we are no happier about this than you are. We will update you as regularly as we can as things progress.

Fact Sheet for Campgrounds from Region of Waterloo Public Health

Many people with RVs will be returning home to Canada earlier than expected. We realize this is a unique situation and you may be receiving requests from snowbirds to stay at your facility. Note that people returning from any international travel, including the United States are required to self isolate for 14 days due to COVID-19. Staying at the campgrounds is not the preferred option. However, if it is the only option, here is how you can mitigate the risk if you have snow birds/people self-isolating at your facility to protect yourself and those at the campground:

-          The site should be fully serviced with potable water, sewer and electricity

-          The RV should be fully equipped to be able to self isolate within the RV

-          Provide support with supplies or support campers in obtaining supplies

-          Information on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces can be found here

Self-Isolation

-          If they have travelled outside of Canada, ask them to stay in their RV and monitor their symptoms and avoid contact with other people for 14 days (details can be found here)

-          They should not be using public washrooms and the washrooms should be locked or made inaccessible

-          If they have the option to stay elsewhere (in their own home), encourage them to exercise that option

-          If they develop symptoms, even if it is mild, they should stay in their RV and contact Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400 for further assessment and advice

-          For more information, click here.

Social Distancing (after 14 days of self-isolation period with no symptoms)

-          They should avoid crowded places and non-essential gatherings or activities with other campers

-          Keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible

-          Avoid common greetings, such as handshakes

-          Limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)

-          For more information, click here

Hygiene

-          wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food (infographic)

o   use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

-          when coughing or sneezing:

o   cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand

o   dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards

-          avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

Home Cleaning

-          For high-touch surfaces such as door handles, toys and phones, Health Canada recommends cleaning these often with either:

o   regular household cleaners or

o   diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water)

-          List of hard-surface disinfectants can be found here