Campground Guidance

This guideline applies to campground and RV park operators and guests.

For other public health measures guidance documents, visit Public Health Measures Guidance.

Core measures required by all businesses, services and organizations:

  • Develop an operational plan detailing how risk of transmission of disease will be mitigated; if an organization is responsible for multiple vessels/facilities, any relevant unique aspects of the different locations must be addressed.
  • Take every reasonable step to ensure minimal interaction of people within two metres (six feet) of each other.
  • Take every reasonable step required to prevent workers who are required to self-isolate from entering the workplace.
  • Develop and follow an exclusion policy that ensures symptomatic workers are immediately excluded from activities.
  • Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
  • Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible.

Campground Booking / Reservation / Registration

  • Where possible, encourage online, debit and credit transactions.
  • For contact tracing purposes, campground owners should collect and keep on file contact information for all persons staying at each campsite and keep information for one month. Records must include name(s), phone number, campsite, and dates / time of check-in and check-out.
  • Records for contact tracing may be achieved with a responsible person completing attendance on site OR electronically in advance with verification on site. These records should be stored in a safe, secure location for one month after creation of the records and then disposed of using a secure destruction method to maintain the confidentiality of participants.  For paper records, secure destruction means, at minimum, cross-cut shredding. Operations should have an internal process in place to quickly retrieve these records, should the records be needed, even on weekends.
  • For brief interactions where physical distancing of two metres (six feet) cannot be maintained, install clear barriers to separate employee and guest at check-in and any customer service areas such as the camp store.  Ensure barriers do not create a safety hazard for employees or guests.
  • Advise campers at the time of booking (and confirm at time of check-in):
    • A camper should not enter the campground if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or is otherwise required to isolate (except if the park is their residence);
    • Only members of the same household should stay together on a campsite in order to meet physical distancing requirements;
    • Of areas where non-medical masks are required;
    • Of services or facilities that are closed, so that campers may plan accordingly.

General Operations

  • Gatherings Guidance must be followed for both personal and organized gatherings.
  • Gathering restrictions must be adhered to in any and all public spaces.
  • Advise campers to observe personal gathering restrictions on their campsite and while using facilities.
  • Organized activities must follow the organized gathering limits and Organized Recreational Activities and Team Sports Guidance.
  • Consider limiting the number of people in shared facilities such as washrooms and showers to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained in shared facilities.  
  • Limit the number of available stalls and urinals to ensure physical distancing in washrooms.
  • Ensure picnic tables in shelters are at least two metres (six feet) apart.
  • Implement appropriate risk mitigation measures in all recreation centres where physical distancing or cleaning or sanitization is not practical or possible to enforce. For instance, requiring hand hygiene between games in an arcade where cleaning between use may not be possible.
  • Indoor dining at food premises is permitted following the Food Premises Guidance.
  • Retail businesses within a campground are permitted following the Retail Operations Guidelines.
  • Display posters in common spaces reminding campers of physical distancing rules (e.g. beaches, trail heads, etc.).
  • Advise campers that if an amenity is busy, such as a shower facility, beach or hiking trail, it is best to come back outside of peak times or use another amenity.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer with at least 60% - 80% alcohol is available in or near all recreational facilities.
  • Use floor markings in common areas and recreational facilities to indicate where guests should stand to maintain physical distancing.
  • Where applicable, encourage campers to use the washroom facilities in their own recreational vehicle as much as possible.
  • Ensure soap and/or hand sanitizer with at least 60% - 80% alcohol is provided in public washrooms.
  • For contact tracing purposes, have records of names, phone numbers and schedules of all staff and volunteers for the previous month, including their role. For organized activities, include contextual information such as the name of the activity and the time of the activity and make sure that everybody who needs to be captured is included on the list, e.g. for an organized activity include staff, volunteers as well as participants.
  • Non-medical masks are required in indoor public spaces, including laundry facilities, retail stores and washrooms; with some exemptions such as for individuals not able to remove masks without assistance.
  • See also Swimming Pools Guidance.
  • See also Outdoor Recreation Spaces Guidance.

Signage

  • Print and post signage at all entries and throughout the campground outlining policies and procedures such as:
    • Physical distancing expectations;
    • Hand hygiene;
    • Respiratory etiquette (coughing and sneezing); and
    • Cleaning and disinfection practices.
  • Print and post signage at all entries into the campground to notify customers that they should not enter if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Print and post signage at all entries into enclosed public spaces to notify customers of mandatory use of non-medical masks.
  • At time of check-in, provide each party with an information sheet outlining campground policies.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Shared Spaces and Equipment

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in shared facilities and equipment such as key pads of debit machines, door handles, taps, toilet flush handles and laundry machine dials and buttons.
  • Common washrooms / showers must be cleaned on a regular basis and at a minimum five (5) times within a 24 hour period.
  • Common areas such as laundry rooms must be cleaned on a regular basis and at a minimum five (5) times within a 24 hour period.
  • Institute a log of daily cleaning and disinfection practices.
  • The cleaning and disinfection of essential areas, such as washrooms, garbage bins, etc. should be prioritized over non-essential amenities such as play equipment.
  • Picnic tables should be cleaned and disinfected by staff after a camper checks out.
  • Where sporting equipment is made available to campers, each piece of equipment should be signed out and cleaned and disinfected after every use (e.g. life jackets, tennis rackets and soccer balls).
  • Where hand washing facilities are not available, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% - 80% alcohol must be provided.

Education and Best Practices:

  • All staff will be trained to observe COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Staff will be aware of and self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • When checking into the campground (registration), all campers will be made aware of the measures the campground has taken to make it safe. If they book online, they will receive information by email. If they call, a staff member will inform them.
  • Campers who ignore or do not comply with COVID-19 safety protocols may be asked to leave the property.

Campground Employees and Campers

Recommendations for Campers

  • Stay home if not feeling well.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after visiting shared campground amenities with high-touch surfaces such as self check-in stations, water fill stations, and dumping stations.
  • If applicable, use washroom facilities in your own recreational vehicle, whenever possible, to reduce traffic at shared facilities.
  • Bring a cloth or sheet to cover the picnic table in your site before using it.
  • Dispose of trash in receptacles provided or take it with you to reduce risk for staff and other users.
  • If you are participating in organized gatherings and recreational activities in a campground or RV park, limit your overall number of contacts and avoid registering for multiple organized activities with different groups of participants.

Individuals Self-Isolating in a Campground or RV Park

  • Permanent PEI residents may self-isolate or work-isolate in a campground or RV park under the following restrictions:
    • Approval from the campground operator to self-isolate at their facility,
    • Must have access to private washroom, shower, and kitchen facilities (i.e. contained within an RV, cottage or cabin),
    • Must have access to electrical, water, and sewer hook-ups at your campsite,
    • Arrange contactless drop-off of groceries, food, medication and other supplies at your campsite (curbside pick-up, drive-thrus, and entering retail stores is not permitted),
    • Must remain in your residence and campsite at all times, except to seek medical care or COVID-19 testing, for emergency purposes, or when approved to temporarily exit for work-isolation,
    • Must follow all other self-isolation requirements as outlined at COVID-19 self-isolation and/or work-isolation.
  • Individuals who are not permanent PEI residents are not permitted to self-isolate or work-isolate in a campground or RV park.
Published date: 
April 20, 2021
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca