COVID-19 Protocols – TRCA Conservation Parks

Infection Prevention & Control Measures

Updated August 14, 2020.

The following mitigation guidelines will help reduce the risk of respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

Prior to Arrival:

  • Prior to coming to a campground or conservation park, every visitor must do the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for COVID-19. If they do not pass the assessment, they should not visit the park.
  • Visitors should be aware of signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Muscle aches
    • Tiredness
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Runny nose
    • New loss of taste or smell

Practice Proper Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette:

  • Clean your hands often. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based (70-90%) hand sanitizer.
  • Arrive prepared with a mask or a face covering.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell.

Arrivals:

  • Stay local to limit unnecessary travel, and plan your visit accordingly.
  • General admission fees will apply.
  • Cash will not be accepted. Contactless payments only will be accepted in the form of debit or credit transactions.
  • Wearing a mask or a face covering is required in indoor TRCA facilities as per municipal by-laws. The mask or face covering should cover your nose, mouth, and chin, without gapping. Wearing a mask or face covering is an additional measure we can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe. All visitors entering an indoor premise, including washrooms and camp stores, are required to wear a mask or face covering while inside. When visiting one of our locations, please arrive prepared with a mask or face covering.
  • Park only in designated parking lots. Do not block gates or roadways.
  • If high visitation levels cause unsafe conditions, the number of visitors may be limited to respect physical distancing requirements.
  • Be patient and respectful of others, including our dedicated staff.

Physical Distancing Requirements:

  • Where party members are not from the same household, party size must not exceed the limit set out under the emergency order in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Amenities and Facilities:

  • Playgrounds and fitness equipment are now available. Rentals will not be available until further notice.
  • Visitors can walk/run/bike in parks and on trails.
  • Stay on trails, stepping off only to allow others to pass to maintain two metres (six feet) distance.
  • Keep pets on a leash, at least two metres (six feet) away from other people and animals, and clean up after them.
  • Fishing is permitted with a license.
  • Do not litter. Please use the recycling and garbage receptacles available on site.
  • There are no washrooms on site at TRCA’s Conservation Lands locations. Please plan ahead.

Picnics:

  • Picnic area and surrounding equipment will not be sanitized.
  • Picnic area participants are advised to practice good hand sanitization/hygiene while using any part of the picnic area.
  • Picnic area participants are asked not to touch other participants during the course of using picnic areas. This includes no high fives, fist bumps, or hand shaking.
  • Participants are asked to leave picnic area premises once their picnic is completed and not loiter, to assist in physical distancing and allow others the opportunity to utilize amenity.
  • Visitors will be responsible for contact tracing. If a participant at a picnic area tests positive for COVID-19, their local public health unit will follow up with close contacts, who may include other picnic area participants. Other picnic area participants who came in close contact with the infected individual may be required to self-isolate. If someone in their party contracts COVID-19, they will need to notify Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

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