Loon Bay Resort, Sheridan Lake
Phase 2 of BC’s COVID-19 Restart Plan allowed for the opening of Parks with overnight camping (June 1). As well, on June 24, 2020 the Premier of British Columbia announced in Phase 3 that hotels/resorts can begin resuming operations for travellers.
Campgrounds, RV Parks and Lodges are open under enhanced protocols to prevent the transmission of the virus. People can once again begin travelling throughout British Columbia. The non-essential travel advisory has been lifted by the province of BC and reservations are strongly recommended.
Now is definitely the time for British Columbians to travel and vacation, not just this summer but into the fall. This includes visiting communities that one may not have experienced before.
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.
Is it safe to visit campgrounds and RV Parks?
Yes. 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, 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 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:
Will all campgrounds and RV parks be open?
Most private sector campgrounds and RV parks 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.
What services and facilities will be opening?
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.