In an April 16 notice, the provincial agency said overnight stays include campgrounds, backcountry campsites and covered accommodations will be closed until further notice to prevent the spread. virus and support other restrictions.
“We understand that this temporary closure of overnight stays in provincial parks may impact your plans, however, the health and well-being of Ontarians is our number one priority,” the advisory read.
However, Ontarians can still visit provincial parks for the day only.
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Ontario Parks said it will remain open for “safe outdoor daytime activities” such as walking, hiking, biking, birding and fishing in many provincial parks. He advised people to check individual parks pages to find out what daytime facilities and services are available.
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He also warns that many facilities will not yet be open for the season and will arrive at the park prepared with disinfectant, additional water, soap and other supplies.
The move comes as Ontario Parks said in March that it had received an impressive number of reservation system users trying to book at the same time, and its website and call center recorded the highest volumes. never recorded every day.
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“We know how much people love to visit Ontario Parks to spend time outdoors, get fresh air and stay healthy, but we keep asking you that no matter where you are. Originally, you only visited and enjoyed a provincial park or conservation reserve near us, ”said Ontario Parks.
“Limiting your movement is essential to help stop the spread of COVID-19, stay safe and save lives. Please do not travel outside of your region to visit. “
– With files from Mark Giunta of Global News
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