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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Campgrounds, Trailer Parks & Resorts

Last reviewed/updated 9:39 AM, June 1, 2020

Campgrounds & Trailer Parks

On May 14, 2020 at 5:50pm, the Province of Ontario amended the regulation respecting the closure of non-essential businesses. As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020 seasonal campgrounds (including trailer parks) may be operated to provide campsites only for trailers and recreational vehicles that are:

  • Used by individuals who do not have another residence in Canada and are in need of housing during the emergency period; OR
  • Are permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract.

Only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal are permitted for use. All recreational facilities in the campground, and all other shared facilities in the campground, such as washrooms, must be closed. Other areas of the seasonal campground must remain closed to the general public and are only opened for the purpose of preparing the seasonal campground for reopening.

Before heading to your campground or trailer park, contact the facility to ensure that it is open and able to accept campers/residents overnight.

For the full text of the regulation can be found by clicking here. Transient camping continues to be prohibited.

If you are a campground or trailer park operator and you have additional questions about opening, please contact the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at

1-888-444-3659.

Resort Properties

Resort properties are permitted to be open and operating however, all shared amenities like pools, hot tubs, shared washrooms, and restaurants (with the exception of take-out) must remain closed. Gatherings are still prohibited, so cottages should only be rented by single family units. The regulation prohibiting public gatherings can be found here.

If you are a resort owner or operator and have additional questions, please contact the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

There are specific guidance documents for the tourism and hospitality sector, which have been developed, along with many other resources regarding the prevention of COVID-19 in the workplace, which can be found here. More information can also be found on our COVID-19 workplace webpage.

Resources:

Guidance on Health and Safety for Tourism and Hospitality Sector during COVID-19
Hotel Reception, Room Service and Front Line Staff during COVID-19
Guidance on Health and Safety for Housekeeping and Laundry Employees during COVID-19
Guidance on Health and Safety for Lawn Care Workers during COVID-1
Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings

Short-Term Rentals

According to the current Emergency Order, there are still restrictions to short-term rentals (i.e. less than 30 days) for private home/cottage rentals. According to the regulation:

Every person who provides short term rentals in rental accommodations shall ensure that any rentals booked after April 4, 2020 are only provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period.