|April 14, 2021
It is clear that further clarification is required regarding the Stay-at-Home order under the State of Emergency declared by the Ontario Government.
Camping In Ontario wants to reiterate that it is illegal to travel for non-essential purposes. Despite how safe campgrounds can be during this pandemic, they incentivize travel. We need everyone to understand that Ontarians are looking for any excuse to travel around and this will increase the spread of COVID-19.
If your region has low COVID-19 cases, you still must discourage travel. Your ICU capacity could be at a critical level without you realizing the impact campers could have on it.
If there is an outbreak on your property:
- you, your family and/or your friends could get sick;
- deaths could occur; and
- your business could get shut down.
Additionally, those with one or two doses of the vaccine must continue to obey the Stay-at-Home order, as well as all other orders after this. They do not get to ignore any COVID-19 restrictions.
If Ontario can behave and follow provincial orders, we should be capable of saving this season to have a safe, fun, and busy summer again!
Camping In Ontario wants everyone to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Requirement to remain in residence
- (1) Every individual shall remain at the residence at which they are currently residing at all times unless leaving their residence is necessary for one or more of the following purposes:
- Work, school and child care
- Obtaining goods and services
- Assisting others
- Health, safety and legal purposes
- Multiple residences and moving
- Travelling to an airport, bus station or train station for the purpose of travelling to a destination that is outside of the Province
- Attending a gathering for the purpose of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony that is permitted by law or making necessary arrangements for the purpose of such a gathering.
- If the individual lives alone, gathering with the members of a single household.
The province is telling residents to stay home, trips to a secondary residence should be avoided, unless it is for an essential purpose. Your campground is not a residence, therefore does not permit travel to it. The province is telling people to not travel between regions for non-essential reasons.
If you continue to need further clarification, please contact the Government Relations & Communications Coordinator, Connor Hammill, at firstname.lastname@example.org.