Camping in a pandemic!
What will the summer of 2021 bring?!
Like everyone in the world (except maybe people in New Zealand) we are really hoping the global pandemic allows us to gather safely this summer.
Join us for an emotional roller coaster ride.
It has been incredibly difficult to make decisions about the summer of 2021.
We definitely want people (and Campbell's Cove Campground) to survive the pandemic, but from our understanding, encouraging travel when a pandemic still rages is not a great way to stay safe. And it likely won't make us any friends in healthcare.
Summer 2020 saw travel allowed amongst the Atlantic Provinces and we are hoping for (at least) the same situation for 2021.
We have absolutely no idea what the actual rules and regulations will be by May. Last summer we received the information about one week before opening. While we would love to know everything this instant, we simply don't. In an ever-evolving situation it is inherently tricky to make plans for six months ahead.
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To book a reservation you will need to pay a deposit of one night's stay.
This is not refundable.
Your deposit is used to pay our staff to answer your emails and book your reservation. Essentially, by the time you cancel your reservation, that money is gone.
In 2020 the global pandemic was a huge surprise so we felt the only fair thing was to give people back their deposits.
Given we all know about the pandemic and how suddenly plans can change, we will not be refunding deposits for reservations booked in 2021.
Life is sometimes a gamble, and now, so is booking a campsite.
Probably and hopefully are winter adverbs.
We are not yet taking reservations for anywhere outside the Atlantic Provinces.
As the summer draws closer, there is a chance that PEI will be allowing travel from beyond the Atlantic Provinces. There is also a chance that travel between the Atlantic Provinces will not look like it did in 2020.
From February 10 to April 30, 2021 Campbell's Cove Campground will be booking reservations for self contained units from the Atlantic Provinces.
Since last summer, the number of people allowed in a gathering in PEI has increased. We are hoping things keep going well and we can open our kitchen shelter and bathrooms again in 2021.
Because we don't know for sure, we will be booking reservations over the winter as if last year's restrictions are still in place. (We see last summer as the most amount of rules possible, so we thought it was a good jumping off point for those of you anxious to get something booked.)
The valid questions you have about what will be allowed will probably not have clear defined answers until the spring.
2020 update in use until April 30, 2021.
After receiving the guidelines and safety protocol about opening during a pandemic, The Mooneys have made some hard choices.
We are trying our best to figure out how to safely bring people into The Cove. We want our staff and our campers to be confident that we are taking every possible measure to ensure everyone’s health.
Knowing that people love camping at The Cove to relax has encouraged us to make decisions that lead to the least amount of wonder and worry. And we are certainly not looking to chase after every human with a spray bottle of sanitizer. (Though that sounds very much like something Andy would be good at.)
Please note that we listed everyone’s health as our first priority.
If you feel that your individual desires are more important than the well being of your community in general, please don’t come camping. (Even without a pandemic, you probably won’t like it at The Cove if you don’t have an appreciation for teamwork.)
Given the fast-changing nature of this situation, Charles (and his team) decided to take this summer a month at a time. We may make some changes. It is very hard to predict anything.
For 2020 we are taking the following precautions:
Bathrooms will be closed.
We are taking self contained campers. (Your RV/trailer must contain a bathroom and kitchen.)
Playground will be closed.
Kitchen shelter/laundry will be closed.
There won’t be any ice or ice cream for sale.
At the present time, we are unable to let everyone into our small buildings because maintaining a social distance of 6ft between people is not possible.
As more information comes to light, these decisions may change.
We try to be lifelong learners and this pandemic is no exception.
Our expectations of campers:
Understandably, it is disappointing when things abruptly change. Especially when these changes involve what may be a long tradition, like family vacation.
But many opportunities and lessons appear under the guise of change so try to seek the silver linings.
For example, The Mooneys are quite sad that we are unable to welcome people in tents. On the other hand, we are beyond thankful that our people and Island stayed healthy enough to allow us to open in any capacity.
The same public health safety measures we have been following for months still apply.
You MUST keep 6ft between you and other humans not part of your household.
Wash hands frequently with soap & water, for at least 20 seconds.
Stay home when ill (of any nature.)
Call 811 promptly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
Don't touch your face with unwashed hands.
Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, wash hands directly after.
Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of commonly touched items.
Do not go in public if you have been out of Atlantic Provinces in the last 14 days.
Previous Campbell's Cove Campground rules also still apply.
Do not litter.
Sort all garbage as per PEI law.
Drive slowly through the campground.
Keep your dog leashed at all times.
When your dog is tied in your site, they should not be able to reach into your neighbor's site.
11pm - 8am is still quiet hour.
Respect nature, others and yourself.
New to The Cove rules:
No visitors to your site. Only people in your household (registered upon check in.)
Bring a tablecloth to cover the picnic table at your site.
Monitor yourself & your family members for COVID-19 symptoms.
If you become ill of any nature, tell a staff member and promptly leave the property.
Do not come camping if you have been outside the Atlantic Provinces in the 3 weeks prior to your arrival date.
We ask people to remember, you are trying to vacation during a global pandemic.
That means understanding this trip will not be exactly the same as other years.
That means understanding that everyone in the world is a little extra stressed right now.
That means having patience for raw feelings and tired souls.
That means things may change at a moment’s notice.
And that definitely means having respect for your camping neighbors regardless of where they are from, where you think they are from or whether you think travel should have been allowed.
CHECK IN PROCESS
Stop at office.
If someone is at the office already, wait in your vehicle or at designated spot (see signage.)
Maintain social distance of 6ft between anyone not in your immediate household.
Give staff the names of all humans & pets in your site.
Give vehicle make, model & plate number.
Listen to the new safety instructions.
Ask for clarification if you don't understand something.
Pay for your stay.
Park your camper.
Eventually the future will be here. We wonder what it will look like.
TLDNR / CLIFF'S NOTES
No public washrooms
Maintain social distance of 6ft between anyone not in your immediate household
No kitchen shelter/laundry
No ice or ice cream
Maintain social distance of 6ft between anyone in another campsite
No cutting through/running through other campsites
Ensure your dog stays leashed and can’t reach other campsites/campers
Stay home if you are ill of any kind
Leave if you are ill of any kind
Don’t act like a global pandemic is out to ruin your day and yours alone