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COVID-19 Camping FAQ

What is the difference between Social and Physical Distancing in a Campground? >>

They are somewhat similar, but deserve clarifying.

Physical Distancing is the recommended distance between you and someone that is not in your “family unit”. The “safe distance” is 2 metres or 6 feet, pretty much the distance between two adults holding a pool noodle.

Social Distancing, by way of example is the “safe distance” when you are sitting around with others that are not in your “Family Unit”

A “Family unit” refers to those either living in the same dwelling or in the same bubble – those that you are coming in close contact with on a regular basis.

What is a Personal Protection Pack (PPP)? >>

PPP is our acronym and refers to a “Personal Protection Pack”. It is recommended that each “family unit” bring their own backpack containing items to help keep your families risk at a minimum level.

What items should I carry in my Personal Protection Pack (PPP)? >>

If you are staying longer than a weekend, we would suggest full size items, but if it is just a weekend, then the travel bottles are great. We even suggest packing a backpack of the smaller sizes. Don’t forget backpacks for the kids too.

Store face masks for each person in the family unit in separate zip lock bags. Put names or initials on for easy identification. We suggest reusable as they can be washed as needed and two per person is ideal.

Disposable latex or Nitrile gloves in stored in zip lock bags by size for Kids, Teens, and Adults.

Bottle of hand sanitizer, have a larger bottle that sits by the kitchen area and a smaller bottle for your PPP.

Spray Lysol (or equivalent) – great for disinfecting toilet seats, taps and door handles.

Dog waste bags are great to dispose of used items, which can then be thrown into a trash receptacle.

What is Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)? >>

PPE is an acronym for Personal Protection Equipment such as Masks, Safety Glasses, Gloves and Face Shields that are used to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Do I need to clean anything before entering a washroom? >>

While we know that you are not there to clean up after the person in front of you, we suggest at minimum using a Lysol wipe or spray on the door handles upon entry, the latch on the door when closing the stall door, the handle (for flushing toilets) and last thing is the toilet seat. DO NOT place wipes of any kind, gloves or masks in ANY toilet. Use the proper garbage receptacle or place it in a garbage bag that you have in your PPP – small rolls of pet waste bags are great, for later disposal. You should clean before and after the go.

Is it safe for my child to use the playground? >>

Most campground playgrounds are open and may have limits as to how many children are recommended at any given time.  Please look for signage and follow the advice of health professionals as well the management of the campground.  Adults should accompany their children, use hand sanitizer before and after play.  Note, most playgrounds are not disinfected daily.

Can I buy groceries in the town that I am visiting? >>

Yes, although it is recommended that you bring ALL food items with you from home. Understand that if you need to visit stores in the community you are staying in, that you may be required to use their hand sanitizer and wear a mask before entering as well as maintaining 2 metres (6 feet) between other patrons.  Physical distancing signage will be present at most businesses and you are required to adhere to their protocols.  Other signage such as directional arrows and check out lines need to be observed. 

Can I sit on the beach and when is the best time to visit the beach? >>

Yes, enjoying the outdoors is encouraged, but coming prepared to physical distance is a must.  And please follow signage that may be different from campground to campground – each park may be a different situation. 

We suggest that you choose either early in the morning or later in the day, but please limit your stay so others can enjoy the beach too. Of course if you choose later in the day, be mindful of the gate/beach closing times.

What precautions have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of visitors? >>

The health and safety of visitors and employees is of the utmost importance. All campgrounds are following the advice of public health experts and implementing measures for cleaning, hygiene, and physical distancing at all places open for visitation.

Cleaning frequency has been increased and the recommended number of people permitted in a facility at the same time will or may be limited.  For instance, private sector campgrounds are limiting sites to gatherings of six while BC Parks allows eight people per site.

Visitors will notice new signage reminding them of physical distancing recommendations and other health and safety protocols, including waiting outside facilities. In registration areas you may encounter plexiglass barriers and spacing aids to limit exposure, and to keep both visitors and employees safe.

Only those places where measures can be implemented to minimize health and safety risks will be open to the public. Some facilities and services will remain closed, such as group camping, club houses, pools and even in some cases washrooms.

Visitors are encouraged to take the necessary precautions to respect recommended physical distancing protocols and good hygiene measures in accordance with public health recommendations.