The Regional District of Nanaimo is set to open campgrounds. (File photo)

COVID-19: RDN set to open Horne Lake Park campground June 1

Regional district asks visitors to follow safety protocols

Good news for those who love the outdoors.

The Regional District of Nanaimo, after ‘careful planning, preparation and consultation with health professionals, professional associations and campground operators’, is reopening its campgrounds at Horne Lake Regional Park in Qualicum Bay and also at Descanso Bay Regional Park on Gabriola Island, Monday, June 1.

The online reservation system will be accepting campsite reservations beginning Monday, May 25 at 7 a.m. To reserve visit: rdn.bc.ca/rdn-camping

This reopening of the RDN’s campgrounds is part of an ongoing reopening plan and follows the province’s announcement from May 6 that eases some restrictions beginning in mid-May as part of the BC Restart Plan.

READ MORE: Most of B.C provincial parks to reopen today, visitors asked to physically distance

The RDN’s parks and rec department is doing everything to ensure parks are safe for visitors and staff. They are counting on everyone to do their part so campgrounds can remain open.

Campground guidelines for all visitors includes respecting any facility or area closures and signage; practicing physical distancing, keep at least two metres distance at all times from anyone outside your household; and bring your own hand sanitizer and you are asked to practice appropriate hygiene.

There are a few general reminders when considering camping at RDN parks. At this time only visit parks or campgrounds close to home. If you are sick, visit another time. Washroom facilities will be open with enhanced cleaning protocols.

Playgrounds and indoor facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, remain closed pending reopening guidelines that are being worked on right now between the Ministry of Health, WorkSafe BC and other professional organizations, including the BC Recreation and Parks Association.

For the most up-to-date information, visit www.rdn.bc.ca/parks-services

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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