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Camp Ground Requirements – June 1, 2020

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©2020 Government of Alberta | Published: May 2020
This guidance is intended to support operators in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in private and municipal campgrounds. Campground operators must also follow the Workplace Guidance for Business Owners.
COVID-19 Risk Mitigation
 Place appropriate signage around all entries and throughout the campground outlining policies and procedures such as:
o Physical distancing expectations,
o Hand hygiene,
o Coughing and sneezing etiquette, and
o Cleaning and disinfection practices.
 Public access to any recreational amenities and facilities (such as swimming pools and interpretive centers) within the campground remains prohibited at this time.
 Businesses within a campground that sell retail items may be open and must follow all public health orders and guidelines.
 Table service in food establishments within the campground, if applicable, must follow all public health orders and guidelines.
 People whose residence is their recreational vehicle in a campground who are required to isolate or quarantine, may do so in their vehicle.
 Where possible, campers should reserve their site online or by phone prior to arriving.
 For contact tracing purposes, campground owners should collect and keep on file the names and contact information for all persons staying at each campsite.
 Advise campers at the time of booking:
o They should not enter the campground if they are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, or are otherwise required to isolate or quarantine (except if the park is their residence).
o To meet physical distancing requirements, only members of the same household should stay together on a campsite.
o Bringing alcohol-based sanitizer is recommended for hand hygiene when soap and water are not available (e.g. on a hike).
 Campers should check in advance to see if services or facilities that would normally be available are closed, so that they can plan accordingly.
Physical Distancing
 Encourage campers to observe gathering restrictions by staying in their own campsite unless using washrooms, showering facilities or leaving to shared public spaces such as trails.
 Close group campsites.
 Lower the number of campers by reducing the number of campsites that can be occupied or reserved.
 Limit the number of people in shared facilities such as washrooms and showers.
 Eliminate the use of public picnic shelters.
 Eliminate programming that requires people to gather, such as amphitheatre events and guided hikes.
 Close or implement appropriate risk mitigation measures in visitor centres.
 Control access to popular shared spaces such as green spaces, trails and beaches (e.g. limit parking, erect barriers, set maximum occupancy).
 Create sections in open spaces and setting limits of 15 people for each section.
 Display posters in common spaces reminding campers of physical distancing rules (e.g. beaches, picnic areas, kitchen huts, trailheads).
 Advise campers that if an amenity is busy, such as a shower facility, picnic shelter, beach or hiking trail, it is best to come back outside of peak times or use another amenity.
©2020 Government of Alberta | Published: May 2020
Cleaning Shared Spaces and Equipment
 Proper cleaning and disinfection is a critical component of preventing disease transmission, especially high-touch surfaces in shared-use facilities, such as door handles, taps, toilet flush handles and laundry machine dials and buttons.
 Institute a log of daily cleaning and keep records, including inventory of gloves, masks and supplies.
 If operators do not have staff capacity to adequately and frequently clean high-touch surfaces, operators should close non-essential facilities.
 The cleaning of essential areas, such as washrooms, garbage bins, and water pumps should be prioritized over non-essential amenities such as playgrounds, showers, picnic shelters, and comfort camping facilities (e.g. yurts).
 Picnic tables in campsites should be cleaned and disinfected by the campground staff after a camper checks out.
 Rental equipment must be cleaned and disinfected after each use (e.g., watercraft, tents, lifejackets and sports equipment) and should only be shared among members of the same household.
 Use contactless payment and avoid cash payments where possible.
 Where handwashing facilities are not available, such as in pit toilets, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol should be provided.
Recommendations for Campers
 Wash or sanitize hands before and after visiting shared amenities with high-touch surfaces such as playgrounds, bear bins, self check-in stations, boat launches, docks, water fill stations, and dumping stations.
 If applicable, use washroom facilities in your recreational vehicle whenever possible to reduce traffic at shared-use facilities.
 Bring a cloth or sheet to cover the picnic table in your site before using it.
 Wear sandals or water shoes in showers.
 Dispose of trash in receptacles provided or take it with you to reduce risk for staff and other users

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