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As we continue to the next step to reopening the province, it’s important to continue protecting yourself and your loved ones while enjoying some of your favourite summer activities. Here's what you can do during Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen to ensure you continue to enjoy a safe, healthy and fun Summer season.

Camping, Cottages and Seasonal Residences  

Are you planning a camping trip or heading to the cottage? Here are some things to keep in mind before travelling:

DO NOT travel if you:

  • are sick;
  • are required to self-isolate;
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result; or
  • had a recent contact with someone who is sick or has COVID-19.

Plan ahead: 

  • purchase and pack enough items for your stay. Include items such as food, sunscreen, bug spray, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, prescriptions, facial coverings, and anything you may need if you become sick.
  • do your research: visit the municipal website for updates and restrictions.
  • explore options to safely open your cottage or to complete projects, especially if you need to hire someone for these tasks.
  • Eat and gas up before you leave and do not stop on the way.
  • Only travel/stay with members from your home (i.e., primary residence).

At the cottage or seasonal residence:

  • Limit gathering to a maximum of 100 people outdoors – indoor gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted.
  • Practice physical distancing (2 metres / 6 feet).
  • Wear a face covering if physical distancing is not possible.
  • wash or sanitize hands often.

If you become sick with symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and seek testing at the closest testing centre.

Garage Sales

By their very nature, garage sales can make it challenging to maintain personal safety for community members. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk:   
  • Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge   
  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres at all times; even in any line-ups that may form.   
  • Set up the sale outside instead of inside the garage.   
  • If using tents, ensure at least two sides of the tent are open.   
  • Increase sanitation of high-touch surfaces.   
  • Host should encourage people not to touch items unless they are ready to buy it; disinfect any items that are touched and not purchased.   
  • Increase hand hygiene; hand wash or hand sanitizer after transactions.   
  • Use of gloves is an option for those handling money; encourage money be left on table and step away, likewise if providing change.   
  • Do not host a garage sale if feeling sick or unwell and have a sign asking people to stay away if feeling sick.   
  • Ensure the event, including queuing off the premises, does not block pedestrians or prevent passers-by from maintaining a two-meter distance from attendees.  

Socializing safely during COVID-19: Be a safe and responsible host or guest

We are currently in Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen. Whether you are hosting a birthday party, dinner with friends or a pool party, you must follow public health measures.   

The number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering across the province is:  

  • 100 people at an outdoor event or gathering  

  • 25 people at an indoor event or gathering  

For more information, visit the provincial website.

Before the event

 

Host

  • Invite only the number of guests that are safe for your space. Your space should allow everyone to be comfortable socializing, while staying 2 metres apart from others outside their household. For example, set up different tables or picnic blankets for groups from different households.
  • Ask guests who is in their social circle, so you know which small groups can be seated at the same table together without physical distancing. While you’re at it, asking about allergies or dietary restrictions is a great way to show that you care about people’s health as their host.
  • Tell guests to expect physical distancing and to stay home if they have any symptoms. This helps protect you and your own family, and can reassure those who are worried about possible exposures. Also, it lets everyone know that they must do their part as responsible guests.
  • Make a guest list with up-to-date contact information. This is important for quick notification and public health contact tracing, just in case someone becomes ill after the event.
  • Consider options for people to join in virtually if they prefer to do so for personal health reasons.
  • Wash hands before preparing food, cook food thoroughly and follow safe food handling tipsServe food in ways that limit cross-contamination and avoid sharing utensils. For example, plate individual portions of food ahead of time, instead of serving buffet-style.

Guests

  • RSVP ahead of time. This helps your host know how many people are attending, so that they can prepare the space for a safe and physically distanced gathering.
  • Plan your transportation. Avoid carpooling with people outside your household. Have a designated driver.
  • If you have any symptoms, stay home. Don’t risk exposing other people if you might be sick. Let your host know you won’t attend in person, and ask if there’s an option to join in virtually.

During the event

Host

  • Invite guests to sit with their household and remind everyone to practice physical distancing with others who are not a part of their household, even if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Show guests where they can wash their hands. Make sure you are well stocked with hand soap or hand sanitizer.
  • Consider wearing a mask when serving food to guests, especially if this will bring you closer than two metres with others.

Guests

  • Sit at the same table as members of your household. Practice physical distancing and stay two metres apart from everyone else.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before eating. Remind any children to do the same.
  • Give others their comfort space. Stay two metres apart from others who are not part of your household.

After the event

  • Write down details of any close contact. Sometimes people get too close. If you spent more than 15 minutes together with someone outside your household, and you were less than two metres apart, that is considered a close contact. Write down the person, place and time. Any close contact could be a possible exposure to the coronavirus.
  • Monitor yourself for any symptoms. If you get sick, stay home and seek testing. If someone at the event does test positive for COVID-19, the Health Unit will notify and call you, if you are considered a close contact.

Tips on Preparing Meals Safely (BBQs, Picnics & More)

  • Wash your hands before cooking and in between tasks.  

  • Avoid potlucks or buffet style meals.  

  • Do not cross contaminate cooked food with raw meat. Use a designated flipper for raw meat, and use different utensils for cooked food.  

  • Prevent foodborne illness by cooking food to the correct internal temperature. Use a probe thermometer to make sure your food is fully cooked; clean and sanitize the thermometer before use.  

  • Do not leave food sitting out in the “danger zone” at temperatures between 4°C and 60°C. Bacteria can grow and multiply on food left out at room temperature, which can make people sick.  

Sports & Outdoor Activities

To find out how you can enjoy your favourite outdoor activities and to learn what sports are currently permitted, visit our Sports, Recreation and COVID-19 page.

Beaches:

Swimming can be a great outdoor activity as long as public health measures are followed. Current research suggests the risk of transmission from recreational waters is very low.  However, if you plan to hit the beach, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure you are protected:  

  • Ensure you are following the gathering guidelines in place  

  • Limit travel and use beaches close to your own communities, when possible.  

  • Use an alternate beach if the beach is crowded.  

  • Do not go to the beach if you or any member of your household is experiencing any symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose) or if you have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms.  

  • Practice physical distancing – stay two (2) metres from others who do not reside in your home. This includes while on the beach and in the water.  

  • Wear a face covering indoors and outdoors as required and whenever physical distancing is difficult. Do not wear a face covering to swim.  

  • Wash or sanitize your hands often. Bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer and make sure you sanitize your hands when arriving at the beach and before eating or drinking.  

  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve.  

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  

To learn more on the provincial Roadmap to Reopen, go to ontario.ca/reopening-ontario.  

Playgrounds & Parks 

Going to the playground is a great way for children to get some fresh air and physical activity. Here are a few tips to make sure your experience at the playground is a positive one: 

  • Use an alternate playground if the playground is crowded.   

  • Do not go to the playground if you or any member of your household is experiencing any symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose) or if you have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms.   

  • Physically distance of at least 2 metres from people you do not live with   

  • If physical distancing is a challenge wear a face covering   

  • Wash your hands often with either soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer  

  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve.   

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 

Boating

  • Before you hit the lake this summer, find out if there are any local restrictions.    
  • Try and avoid having people who do not live with you in your boat   

  • Practice physical distancing – stay 2 metres (6ft) from people who do not live with you   

  • Consider the use of a facial covering if physical distancing is hard or not possible    

  • Wash or sanitize your hands often   

  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve   

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth   

Remember, stay home if you:    

  • are sick;   

  • are required to self-isolate;   

  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result; or    

  • had a recent contact with someone who is sick or has COVID-19.   

Summer Camps

For information on summer camps please visit our summer camp page. 

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808