CCCA cancels short term camping reservations

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Due to the provincial stay-at-home order and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Catfish Creek Conservation Authority has cancelled camping reservations at Springwater Conservation Area, which were planned to open Saturday, May 1.

CCCA Program Support Assistant Kelsey Oatman said May 1 is normally “very hectic” for the authority with all three phone lines ringing constantly, along with plenty of walk-ins.

“Cancelling reservations was a hard choice but we don’t want to disappoint people with having to cancel and refund them,” said Ms. Oatman. She added there was a large influx of calls this year with camping inquiries due to the provincial park spots filling up already.

“Everyone has been pretty understanding. In the COVID times, everyone knows to expect changes.”

The provincial government recently announced that long-term camping is allowed for those with full season contracts, so CCCA will allow seasonal campers to return starting May 7, with health and safety protocols in place.

Seasonal campers are not permitted to host visitors, nor can they visit other sites while lockdown is in place. Face masks are mandatory in the shared washrooms, except when showering. Only one family is permitted in the washrooms at a time.

Reservations will not be open until the CCCA confirms that camping will be allowed, currently anticipated for the Victoria Day holiday weekend, which is the end date for the provincial lockdown.

Any updates or changes to short term camping reservations will be posted to the organization’s online social media pages.

CCCA transient and weekend camping season normally runs from Victoria Day holiday weekend in May until Thanksgiving weekend in October.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express