Summer with COVID-19


There is no doubt our summer will be different this year due to COVID-19. We have prepared some COVID-19-related advice to help you navigate some of your favourite summer activities, all the while helping to protect yourself and to minimize the strain on our smaller healthcare facilities and other services. 

Cottage or Seasonal Residence Owners 

At this timewe recommend cottagers delay their travel plans and stay home.  

DO NOT travel if you 

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

If you are well and decide to travel to your cottage, here are some tips:

  • Plan ahead:
    • purchase and pack enough items for your stay. Include items such as food, sunscreen, insect repellant, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, prescriptions, face 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.
  • Fuel 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:
    • Do not visit others – gathering of more than five (5) people are prohibited in Ontario (with the exception of households with more than 5 people)
    • Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft)
    • Use a face covering if physical distancing is not possible
    • Practice regular hand hygiene (e.g., wash or sanitize hands often)
    • Avoid high risk activities that may result in injuries
    • Only go out for essential reasons and aim for once a week
    • The Health Unit is still offering private drinking water testing

If you become sick with symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and:



Before you hit the lake this summerfind out if there are any local restrictions.  

  • Only allow people who live with you in your boat 

  • Avoid visiting with others  

  • Gathering of more than 5 people are currently not allowed in Ontario (with the exception of households with more than 5 people) 

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

  • Consider the use of a face 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 

  • Avoid high risk activities that can lead to injuries 

Remember, stay home if you 

  • are sick; 

  • are required to self-isolate; 

  • are waiting for a COVID-19 result; or  

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

 Garage Sales

The Health Unit does not support holding physical garage sales in our district due to provincial emergency orders specifically referencing gatherings of more than 5 people. By their very nature, garage sales cannot facilitate personal safety for community members given these parameters.




North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)