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Saturday , 31 October 2020

Remember social distancing at M.D. campsites, says Sawchuk

Campground caretakers have had some instances where users neglected guidelines, but overall visitors are following the rules.

M.D. of Bonnyville Reeve Greg Sawchuk is reminding campers to continue following public health rules at their campgrounds.

In mid-June some restrictions were loosened by the province, which allowed for group areas, tent sites, washrooms, fish cleaning stands, picnic shelters, beaches, and day use areas to open.

However, social distancing is still in effect.

“It’s nice to get up there and enjoy it, but we still have to be aware that the province has these guidelines in place in regards to social distancing. And it just behooves all of us to be respectful of the other people who are using the campgrounds,” said Sawchuk on The Morning After Wednesday.

“It’s nice to blow off a little bit of steam but maybe take it to a little lower level we have had some instances where some of our campground caretakers have had to put up with ruffians…and they shouldn’t have to.

“If you’re out there camping or if you’ve got people coming into your campsite, just be respectful of those around you.”

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

M.D. campgrounds were allowed to open along with some non-essential businesses and recreation spaces back in May.

Sawchuk said overall he’s glad people are coming out and taking it to the lake.

“It’s good that people are getting out there and enjoying the campgrounds, enjoying our lakes and I think people have a lot of pent up frustration because they’ve been locked indoors.”

All facilities are currently use at your own risk and washrooms and outhouses are sanitized or cleaned as per provincial guidelines.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.