Manitoba provincial parks to open for camping with new COVID-19 protocols

The Manitoba government will allow provincial campground bookings to begin next week with some changes as the province adjusts to the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes after the province announced some non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen May 4.

There will still be a strict ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in line with current public health protocols, and provincial parks staff will monitor to make sure those rules are followed, particularly in public spaces like beaches and recreation areas, the province said.

Campers and other visitors will have to wear water shoes or sandals in showers and bring their own toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer. The province also urges visitors to fill their gas tanks and avoid using local health care services in the area they travel to unless its an emergency.

The province will also clean and sanitize bathrooms and shower facilities more frequently.

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The province doesn’t plan on hiring more park staff at this point. Rather, the new enforcement duties will be rolled into staff members’ existing duties, Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard said during a conference call with reporters Friday.

Provincial conservation officers will be able to issue fines if public health protocols aren’t followed despite warnings, Guillemard said.


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