COVID-19 Tips for Camping and RVing
Updated January 8, 2021
Announcement November 19, 2020 extended to February 5, 2021 – At this time, all non-essential travel and social interactions 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 – British Columbia health officials remind us almost daily to stay safe and to keep our gatherings small and to stick to our own immediate household members. We all need to continue practicing the safe distancing measure of 6 feet (2 metres), the wearing of non medical face masks and washing our hands frequently and thoroughly – unfortunately the risk of COVID-19 infections is still among us.
When it comes to touch points and face-to-face gatherings, such as camping, we want to help minimize your risk with the following need to knows.
TIP 1: Handwashing
One of the most lax areas is frequent hand-washing, while camping and travelling. To remind you there are signs on every washroom and pit toilet asking us to wash frequently. Remember, when you cannot wash with soap and water, hand sanitizer will do the trick.
DM Briest shows his hand cleaning routine to emulate!
It is easy to get the youngsters in the habit of hand sanitizing after they go to the washroom while camping. The trick is to equip them with their own small bottle for their pocket. For a more thorough clean, have a bottle of foaming hand soap and a water basin for their return.
TIP 2: Personal Protection Pack
Another suggestion we have come up with is what we call a PPP (Personal Protection Pack), which is a backpack prepared with all the necessities for the go. A bottle of disinfectant spray such as Lysol is the easiest item to have, we suggest putting it in one of the outside bottle carriers that backpacks generally have for easy access.
Spray washroom door handles prior to opening and a quick spray of the cubical handles inside and out (if applicable), the toilet seat lid at the point of contact and then the seat itself and if there is a flushing paddle spray that too. Now you are good to go. You can spray the water taps as well.
We know you are not there to clean and sanitize for everyone, but it is a piece of comfort knowing that the area is as germ free as possible.
Tip 3: Visitor Codes and Standards of Conduct
We ask that campers follow the conduct rules and protocols developed by each operation, to meet the health and safety guidelines set out by the Provincial Health Officer. We are all in this together and have an individual responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Private Campgrounds have developed guidelines and a Code of Conduct for guest behaviour. https://www.travel-british-columbia.com/travel-resources/covid-19-news-and-faqs/
- BC Parks have developed a Visitors Guide to Camping During COVID-19 – http://bcparks.ca/covid-19/docs/Camping-During-COVID-19.pdf?v=1595872208350
- Recreation Sites and Trails BC recommend bringing you own “Clean Trip Kit” and advice on their site – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trails/alerts
- Parks Canada has developed an FAQ page to assist visitors pre-plan before they arrive https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/securite-safety/covid-19-info/covid-19-faq
TIP 4: Enjoy Campgrounds and Facilities Responsibly
Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces as much as possible. Carry your own Protection Pack containing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and spray, toilet paper, and a cover for picnic tables.
Let others know of your intention to pass on pathways or trails, so that you can maintain a 2-metre (6 feet) distance from others. Signal others using your voice or a bell. Remember to be kind and considerate of others.
Yield to oncoming users where space is narrow. Let others move out of bridges, platforms, and other narrow spaces before entering.
Step off trails to let others pass where possible. But please try to avoid stepping on vegetation and stay on trails unless letting others pass.
Slow down on trails. Speed increases user conflicts and risks of injuries. Adjust your distance from others based on their speed to maintain physical distancing.
Be respectful of others. Keep prescribed 2-metre (6 feet) distance from others while lining up and respect the maximum use capacity in facilities.
Pack in and pack out. Keep our places clean, pick up your litter and dispose of it by using appropriate garbage containers or take your waste home.
Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep our places clean.
Tip 5: Know Before You Go Travel Advisories
Please seek information from the BC Centre for Disease Control before you Travel this fall and winter, for up to date information that may affect your travel plans. http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/prevention-risks/travel
If you are booking an accommodation, please read the information provided by the individual property on refund policies and cancellations.
As much as we all like to take that last minute spontaneous getaway, our advise would be to make reservations. Remember that business are not operating at full capacity and may not have vacancies.
Follow all guidelines set out by The Provincial Health Offer, especially around gatherings, events etc.
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