Conservation authority set to open two campgrounds

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Just in time for the last half of summer, the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) is preparing to open two of its campgrounds for overnight camping.

Starting on Friday, the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area and Big Bend Conservation Area will open at 50 per cent occupancy and with strict COVID-19 guidelines in place.

“The LTVCA is adhering to COVID-19 Guidelines as provided by the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario and local officials regarding the opening of campgrounds, as we continue to address this pandemic,” the conservation authority said in a news release. “All campers must follow these guidelines and recommendations.”

Transient overnight and limited stay campers will be booked at a 50 per cent occupancy or as defined by the area supervisor. Group reservations will be permitted based on provincial guidelines to a limit of 10 occupants per site.

Washroom and shower facilities will be open with enhanced sanitization protocols, however, campers will be encouraged to use bathroom facilities if they have them in their trailers or recreational vehicles.

In addition, the LTVCA said contactless transactions will be preferred for electronic payments and delivery of firewood.

“Enhanced cleaning and disinfection efforts will be undertaken in campground sites and in all public and shared spaces such as picnic tables, garbage cans and other high-touch surfaces,” said the LTVCA. “All recreational facilities such as playgrounds that can be opened while meeting provincial health recommendations will be opened.”

Camping reservations will be taken online and will be live starting on Wednesday through the LTVCA’s website. Campers without online reservations will also be accommodated.