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Guidance for Campgrounds

Note: National parks are subject to rules and regulations by Parks Canada. The information below pertains to provincial and private campgrounds in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In Alert Level 2, provincial, municipal and private campgrounds are permitted to open for overnight camping.

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation is responsible for decisions regarding Provincial Parks.

General Restrictions:

  • Overnight camping access is now open to all forms of camping equipment including tenting.
  • Occupants of a campsite must still be from the same extended bubble.
  • Campers must stay at least 6 feet away from each other, unless they are part of the same bubble.
  • No group campsites/reservations are permitted, however double sites may be booked by members of the same extended bubble.
  • Toilet and laundry facilities, and all shared facilities, such as showers, cookhouses, clubhouses, communal fire pits and firewood distribution centres can re-open in Alert 2.
  • Laundry facilities can only be used by one household at a time.
  • Playgrounds may be opened as along as there are regular cleaning/disinfection protocols in place.
  • Food services are permitted to offer in-person dining at reduced capacity, in accordance with the restaurant guidelines.

Campground Owner Responsibilities:

  • Implement policies to ensure physical distancing recommendations are maintained, including contactless check-in and check-out.
  • Develop communication plans to ensure campers and staff are aware of the rules and preventative measures in place. These may include providing updates on the campground’s website and/or social media; posting signage throughout the campgrounds, including all camper access points; and, providing appropriate information to campers upon check-in. The information provided must remind campers and staff:
    • about the risks of COVID-19;
    • not to enter the campground if feeling unwell or symptomatic;
    • to wash hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently; and,
    • to maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from all other campers and staff.
  • Provide information and training to staff on:
    • The symptoms of COVID-19, and that they must stay home if they are unwell or symptomatic;
    • Preventive measures, including frequent handwashing, cough and sneeze etiquette, and frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces;
    • Proper sanitation of campsites and public/shared spaces; and
    • Personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Provide staff with proper personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies.

Enhanced Sanitation:

  • Campground owners must provide training and information to staff on proper cleaning and disinfection in accordance with the COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings guidance.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices  must be implemented in the following areas:
    • Shared washroom facilities and pit privies;
    • Picnic tables, garbage cans and other high-touch surfaces in campsites upon check-out before next use;
    • Central sewage dumping stations and RV water fill stations; and
    • High-touch surfaces in settings where staff frequent, including offices, food establishments, and convenience stores.
  • Campers must dispose of their own garbage and recycling in dumpsters and receptacles provided by the campground.

Recreational Activities:

  • Outdoor swimming pools are permitted to open with a limited number of people.
  • Indoor swimming pools are permitted to open with a limited number of people.
  • Outdoor tennis courts and soccer fields are permitted to open, however campers must bring and use their own equipment.
  • Recreation rentals (e.g. kayaks, paddle boats, etc) are permitted if equipment is cleaned and disinfected between uses.
  • Indoor recreational facilities must follow the indoor recreational guidelines.
  • Access to beaches is permitted as long as monitoring is provided to ensure appropriate physical distancing and to prohibit mass gatherings.

Updated on June 25, 2020