COVID-19 FAQs and Updated Travel Advisories

Loon Bay Resort, Sheridan Lake

COVID 19 News and FAQs

Updated November 20, 2020

Announcement November 19, 2020 – At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of BC and between regions of the province.  Let’s do our part by following provincial health orders and continuing to support local businesses in accordance with the latest health orders.

The Canadian border remains closed for recreational tourism, so we are asking our international visitors to dream now and explore BC later when the time is right. While the border remains open for essential travel purposes, any visitor who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14 days.

The Province has created a dedicated phone service to provide British Columbians with non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, seven days a week between 7:30 am-8 pm, at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 1-888-268-4319.

Info Below Updated October, 2020 – Campgrounds, RV Parks and Lodges are allowed to be open under enhanced protocols to prevent the transmission of the virus.  Many campgrounds and RV parks only operate from May to October and will be closed for the season, reopening in 2021.

Stay Safe and Physical Distance will be a consistent message you encounter and here are some reopening Frequently Asked Questions. However, the most important piece of advice remains constant frequently and thoroughly wash your hands and the wearing of non medical face masks indoors is recommended.

Is it safe to visit lodging, campgrounds and RV Parks?
Yes. All Lodging, Campgrounds and RV parks must have a published COVID -19 policy and this will identify the additional hygiene steps being taken and the role of physical distancing plus social distancing in preventing group gatherings. However, visitors are responsible for ensuring they bring hygiene products (e.g. hand sanitizer, wipes, gloves, masks), as we cannot guarantee availability in all locations. Visitors also need to take personal responsibility for their own safety, wearing masks as appropriate, refraining from touching surfaces unnecessarily, washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently. And if you are sick, please stay home and visit another time.

As an out-of-province or out-of-region guest – will I be welcome?
Yes. Private sector campgrounds, RV parks and lodging are accepting reservations from out-of-province Canadian residents. There are no orders preventing Canadian citizens from travelling. We recommend if you are camping or travelling outside your home town, be sure to stock up on essentials and supplies in your own community before you leave.

What new rules and procedures have resorts and RV parks implemented?
Many properties will have implemented a Code of Conduct that they will ask you to follow while staying. The Code may include items such as:

  • a declaration that no one in the group is sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19;
  • each group in a RV site or cabin must be from the same household;
  • household groups must maintain 2-metre (6 feet) social distance from another household, individual or group;
  • no gatherings of more than 6 people in a unit or site at any time.

Will all lodging, campgrounds and RV parks be open?
Most private sector campgrounds, RV parks and lodging are open, however some will have reduced capacity to maintain physical distancing guidelines. Others may just rent to self-contained RV’s and not open their tent sites. Check the open and close dates as a number of places only operate from May to October.

What services and facilities will be opening?

  • Playgrounds: Most operations will have playgrounds open.
  • Other Sport Activities: This is accommodation-specific. Please check with operator. Sports that are non-contact or played within their “social bubble” may operate with conditions.
  • Groups Activities: Accommodations will close social gathering spots such as clubhouses, games rooms and communal firepits. 
  • Washrooms/Showers: Most campgrounds and RV parks will open washrooms and showers with enhanced and frequent cleaning as well as social/physical distancing requirements in place.  
  • Laundromat: This is accommodation-specific, some are operating by appointment. Check with operator.  
  • Pools: This is accommodation-specific as many will be closed. Please check with the operator about pools. Pools are allowed to be opened in BC with social distancing and an enhanced cleaning regimen in place.
  • Boat Rentals: Yes they are available, however this is accommodation-specific. Check with operator. Please note not all properties listed on this website are located on water bodies.
  • Stores: This is campground-specific as some are limiting the store products to ice and firewood. Check with operator.
  • Boat Launches: Yes they are open but this is accommodation-specific. Check with operator. Please note not all properties listed on this website are located on water bodies.

What additional cleaning measures have accommodations adopted?
Operators have all reviewed published COVID-19 BC Centre for Disease Control guidelines, general work practices, procedures, and cleaning standards to comply with Provincial Health Office and WorkSafe BC requirements. Cleaning protocols have been implemented to inspect and clean high touch areas more frequently.

Will Social Distancing and Physical distancing be enforced?
Many operators are implementing a Code of Conduct to address guests’ behaviour. This will include a definition of a household, maintaining social distancing of 2-metres (6 feet) from other people and limiting gathering size to six or fewer people.  As well, we are asking guests “Be kind and supportive – Remember we are all in this together!”

In the spirit of this we ask, if you come across someone NOT maintaining the 2-metre (6 feet) social distancing requirement, please remember that they may be in one Household group. If someone infringes on your 2-metre (6 feet) distance, kindly remind them of the 2-metre (6 feet) rule. Please de-escalate any confrontational situations and if needed report the situation to the office via text, email or phone.  The operator will then intervene.

Can I buy food and essentials in the community I am visiting?
Yes you will be able to purchase food and supplies but remember serving the local community needs come first for most merchants. Therefore, we recommend if you are camping or travelling outside your home town, be sure to stock up on essentials and supplies in your own community before you leave.

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