Important extracts from the joint statement of Ontario Minister of Health and Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, on Ontario Parks operations:
“As COVID-19 continues to quickly evolve, we want to ensure public safety and the well-being of our visitors and staff in Ontario’s provincial parks. In order to assist the province with its efforts to keep Ontarians safe during this time, all provincial parks will be closed to the public from March 19, 2020 until April 30, 2020. This includes car camping, backcountry camping, roofed accommodations, day use opportunities and all public buildings.
Current visitors to provincial parks will be required to vacate by March 19, 2020. Any person or group with a reservation for arrival up to April 30, 2020 will automatically be provided a full refund with no penalty.
Ontario Parks continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation carefully. Please visit OntarioParks.com for the most up-to-date information.”
- As penalty-free refunds will automatically be issued, the public is asked to avoid canceling reservations online, as this may trigger an automatic penalty.
- According to CBC News (March 23, 2020), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is addressing the country as the government considers penalties for Canadian travellers who don’t follow the government’s advice to self-isolate when they return home.
- Individuals who violate the social distancing rule could be fined up to $1,000 while corporations could face fines of up to $500,000, OPP said in a news release.
- Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks