Message for campground owners and operators
May 21, 2021
Over the last number of days, Public Health Sudbury & Districts has received a variety of questions regarding campgrounds opening during the Provincial Lockdown. In general, campgrounds are allowed to open, with restrictions in place. Under the Stay at Home Order, campers are allowed to visit their sites for very short terms or extended periods. The specific restrictions involved follow below.
Under the current Lockdown Order, Ontario Regulation 82/20, campgrounds are required to be closed except to rent to those who need housing or for those that are renting for the season. A copy of the applicable section of the regulation follows. These restrictions may change once the area is no longer within the Lockdown Zone and has moved to one of the other steps within the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen.
O. Reg. 82/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1 under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17
Schedule 2: 26. (1) Seasonal campgrounds that meet the following conditions:
- Campsites must be made available only for trailers and recreational vehicles that,
- are used by individuals who are in need of housing, or
- are permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract.
- Only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided for use.
- All recreational facilities in the campground and all other shared facilities in the campground, other than washrooms and showers, must be closed.
- Other areas of the seasonal campground must be closed to the general public and must only be opened for the purpose of preparing the seasonal campground for reopening.
Under the Stay at Home Order, Ontario Regulation 265/21, people in Ontario are restricted to travelling for essential reasons, as outlined within the regulation. In relation to travelling to secondary residences, this is allowed provided that the individual intends to stay at the residence for less than 24 hours, or intends to stay a minimum of 14 days. At present, the Stay At Home Order is in place until June 2, 2021. At that point the Provincial Government may choose to lift the Order or extend it. A copy of the applicable section of the regulation follows.
Reg. 265/21: STAY-AT-HOME ORDER under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9
Multiple residences and moving
- Travelling to another residence of the individual if,
- the individual intends to be at the residence for less than 24 hours and is attending for one of the purposes set out in this Order, or
- the individual intends to reside at the residence for at least 14 days.
- Travelling between the homes of parents, guardians or caregivers, if the individual is under their care.
- Making arrangements to purchase or sell a residence or to begin or end a residential lease.
- Moving residences.
If the campground decides to put in place a policy that replicates the Stay At Home Order, that becomes a decision of the campground, and does not involve Public Health Sudbury & Districts. Public Health would be involved if the campground was not following the Regulations, but not if they wish to implement something more restrictive.
Please note that this information is based on Public Health’s interpretation of the legislation at this time, and is not to be taken as legal advice. Should owners/operators require a legal opinion we recommend that you consult your legal representative.
If you have any questions please contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 464 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
This item was last modified on May 28, 2021