Sunday , 25 July 2021

M.D. loosening restrictions on campgrounds Friday

Group camping and tent sites will be allowed at M.D. of Bonnyville campgrounds starting Friday.

The M.D. is moving into Phase 2 of provincial campground relaunch, which will see more restrictions eased at their campgrounds.

General manager of planning and community services, Caroline Palmer, said the initial regulations were a learning curve for many campers, but many are respecting the rules.

“You’re always going to get some resistance to certain aspects, but right now we haven’t really got anything that is against AHS as far as complaints, so it’s been fairly good so far,” said Palmer.

Campers can now access group areas, tent sites, washrooms/outhouses, fish cleaning stands, picnic shelters, beaches, and day-use areas will be open and campers must you at their own risk.

Washrooms and outhouses will be sanitized or cleaned as per provincial guidelines.

“What has not changed is social distancing. That is still in effect whether you are in a group campsite or not,” said Palmer.

M.D. firewood sales will be available, but cash will not be accepted.

Campers will be responsible for their own water and sewer services and M.D. caretakers will have a list of contractors who will be able to fill up your water tanks and pump out your grey water.

Site-to-site visits are discouraged, unless the site is occupied by immediate family members or cohort family as recommended by the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The M.D. of Bonnyville posts updates as they are made available on their website.

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