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Camping in a pandemic!

What are we allowed to do in the summer of 2021?!

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. It likely won't make us any friends in healthcare, either.

Only a portion of our tent and camp cabin sites will be available this year. This is to ensure that the bathroom doesn't get crowded. We need to still keep 6ft apart.

People camping in a trailer/RV with a bathroom will not have access to the bathroom building.

You don't need to go to Vegas to gamble.

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.

Who is allowed to go to PEI now?

We are now taking reservations from anywhere in Canada.

Campbell's Cove Campground is unable to be a location to self-isolate. For this reason we can only take campers that have a PEI Pass, proving they don't have any self-isolation requirements.

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/apply-for-a-pei-pass

As of Aug 9th, fully vaccinated visitors from the U.S. will be able to travel to Canada and PEI. American travellers must also apply for a PEI Pass at the link above.

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 2021 we are taking the following precautions:

Bathrooms will be open to tent sites, camp cabins (pop-up campers, etc) only.

RVs and trailers in serviced sites will not have access to the bathrooms.

Kitchen shelter will be closed.

Coin operated laundry available by request.

There won’t be any ice cream for sale.

Bags of ice are for sale.

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 use all of our tent sites. 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/close contacts.

Wash hands frequently with soap & water, for at least 30 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.

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.

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

June 2021:

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 household/close contacts.

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.

Sign agreement.

Pay for your stay.

Park your camper.

THE FUTURE

Eventually the future will be here. We wonder what it will look like.

 

TLDR / CLIFF'S NOTES

Summer 2021:

Bathrooms will be open to tent sites and camp cabins only.

We are taking reservations from all of Canada as long as you don't have to self-isolate.

Kitchen shelter will be closed.

Coin operated laundry available by request.

There won’t be any ice or ice cream for sale.

As more information comes to light, these decisions may change.

We try to be lifelong learners and this pandemic is no exception. 

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