COVID-19 Message from Blue Heron Trailer Park

COVID-19 Message from Blue Heron Trailer Park

Updated - May 14, 2020

Private parks and campgrounds for Ontario

Businesses can only open if they are ready. Private campgrounds and trailer parks can open as of midnight this Saturday. The Premier of Ontario said during his daily briefing that if we do this right it will set a precedent for other businesses to also open.

Ford said that Ontario’s COVID-19 situation has now reached a point where we can safely enter Stage 1 of his framework for re-launching the economy thanks to our collective efforts.

“We’ve laid a solid foundation for our economic reopening and recovery — we have the framework, we have the workplace safety guidelines, we have the capacity in our healthcare system,” Ford said in his daily press briefing on May 14.

But, he added that these new steps forward will all be “dependant on the numbers,” as “the truth is, we can’t fully predict where things will go… we need to be ready to react if we see a sudden increase in cases. We cannot let our guard down now. We must watch the trends like a hawk.”  Ford said that opening business is subject to continued progress on the health front.  Staying open will depend on the numbers.

We need to ensure that all of us in the park stay safe.  Blue Heron Trailer Park Staff and Guests will continue to follow guidelines set by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

It is extremely important that we follow the guidelines.  All of our safety and future depend on our actions.  We look forward to seeing you, although at a distance.  You will be greeted with friendly wave.

 

Updated - May 12, 2020

Phase 2, Stage 1 About to Begin for Ontario

Premier Doug Ford hinted that there will be news this Thursday (2 days) about trailer parks opening.  Seasonal businesses will be able to open under guidelines that help keep staff and the public safe.  The Premier stated in today’s press conference that he’s been receiving many calls from trailer owners asking when they can return to their trailers.  He said that trailer owners want to have the same rights as cottage owners.   Mr. Ford also hinted that the Emergency Measures which has been extended to June 2 will likely be announced with modifications to allow certain gathering types to have exceptions.  More news to come on May 14.

If the business can prove the opening of their facility is able operate with modification in behavior and keep people safe by following the guidelines, then likely trailer parks will be allowed to open.

Phase 2, Stage 1: Restart.  The government will take a careful, stage-by-stage approach to loosening emergency measures and reopening Ontario’s economy. Public health and workplace safety will remain the top priority, while balancing the needs of people and businesses. Public health officials will carefully monitor each stage for two-to-four weeks, as they assess the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak to determine if it is necessary to change course to maintain public health.  The government will also continue to issue guidelines for workplace safety.

Making Workplaces Safe

The health and safety of workers is the government’s top concern. As public health measures are adjusted, ensuring workplaces are safe for employees and customers will be essential. All employers and workers will be required to follow directives and guidelines on COVID‑19, including measures that may restrict certain activities.

Safe workplaces must have a plan that promotes and adheres to strict hygiene and sanitation standards, and physical distancing to the extent possible. These are key factors to resume activities safely. The use of measures to limit risks include adjusting work practices and physical environments.

Updated - April 27, 2020

Reopening Ontario after COVID-19

Ontario is planning for the next phase of responding to the coronavirus (COVID‑19) outbreak – reopening our province.

Blue Heron Trailer Park will be making plans to modify our operation to comply with Ontario Health guidelines.

Here’s what we know:

  • Guidelines will have to be followed for preparing to re-open.
  • Customers need to feel safe.
  • Employees will need training of how to work safe.
  • We will do all that is necessary to help stop the spread.

A date has not been set for when we will open the park.  The Ontario government is not providing a calendar of which businesses will open at what time.  New modelling data from the Provincial government will determine when we can re-open.  The number of cases must be on the decrease for the first phase of the framework to be complete.  The government will likely be easing into opening outdoor spaces in around the 2 to 4 week period if the data shows a decline in COVID-19 cases.

We will be continuing to monitor the online resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.

This plan is a work in progress and will continue to evolve as new information becomes available.  These are plan highlights.  Full details will follow soon.

Blue Heron Trailer Park Operation Plan

  • Training for staff
  • Signage to indicate buildings and areas closed
  • Guidelines for Guests
    • Printed handout and online at www.bluheron.ca
      • Behaviour mandates to be followed at all times
      • Restrictions of movement within the park
      • No group gatherings of more than 5 people
      • Hand washing
      • Physical distancing
  • Closed public spaces
    • Washrooms
    • Pool
    • Hot tub
    • Club house
    • Office

The health and safety of our guests, visitors and communities is our top priority.  We will make every effort possible to keep our customers and our staff safe by following the guidelines set by health professionals at the Government of Canada and Ontario Ministry of Health.

Updated - April 15, 2020

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to Continue the Fight Against COVID-19

Dear Guests, please read this page for the updates on the status of our park opening. Here is an excerpt from the office of the Premier.

TORONTO ― On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with the approval of the Ontario legislature, the Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days. This will allow the government to continue to use every tool at its disposal to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passed during a special sitting of the Ontario legislature and with the full cooperation of all parties, the Declaration of Emergency has been extended until May 12. The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and prohibitions against price-gouging. A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Please stay home and stay safe!  We’ll see you all as soon as we can.

Updated - April 9, 2020

Dear Guests, we know how badly you’re longing to get back to your campground. We are too! Blue Heron Trailer Park is eager to have you back, but until the wave of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, we are doing everything we can to open our gates safely and successfully. To do so, we need your help! Please stay home until government agencies allow for a return to public spaces. Blue Heron was scheduled to open in May, we ask that you continue to plan for your camping season from the comfort of your couch.

There will be a delay in the opening of our park.  Please come back and visit this page for the most updated information.  We will call or email you when we can confirm the date.

We are not considered an essential service according the Province of Ontario website.  In the official list of essential workplaces, seasonal campgrounds has been written as an exception in item #13 of the Services section.

Our intent was to allow our guests to enter their trailers on Mother’s day weekend simply to bring items into their units ahead of the camping season.

It was recommended by the Mayor’s Office that we do not open at this time.  As we progress through this first wave of the pandemic and the curve is flattened, we feel there will be a time later that the park will open this season.

The health and safety of our guests, visitors and communities is our top priority. Blue Heron Trailer Park will continue to accept inquiries from new customers by appointment only.  We will make every effort possible to keep our customers and our staff safe by following the guidelines set by health professionals at the Government of Canada and Ontario Ministry of Health.

Here are some of the steps we will take to make sure we are all safe:

Thank you for your continued support and we wish you all good health and strength during the difficult days ahead. Stay well.

Orders issued by the Medical Officer of Health

The following text is quoted from Health and Social Services Haldimand and Norfolk.  These are the orders which appear to most closely pertain to seasonal campgrounds in Haldimand.

A Section 22 Order, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), R.S.O. 1990, c.H.7has been issued by Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, Medical Officer of Health of the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit to all residents of Norfolk County and Haldimand County. You are hereby ordered to take the following actions. Residents of and visitors to Norfolk County and Haldimand County are not permitted to

1.Use or access any open space, including parks, trails, piers, beaches, community gardens, or other open spaces usually accessible to the public, whether publicly or privately owned; link

No person is permitted enter into a short-term stay agreement for a facility, including a room, house, cottage, recreational trailer, recreational vehicle, hotel, or motel, for stays that are less than 8 days link

We believe in the restriction to help reduce contact between people and stop the spread of COVID-19

Updated March 27, 2020

Re: In regards to Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt’s issue of an order permitting seasonal trailer parks to open earlier than usual.

We understand Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt believes his decision will make it easier for local residents returning to Canada from abroad to comply with the federal government’s mandatory quarantine order.  It is important to know that travel trailers and fifth-wheels require infrastructure support for sewage and power.  The safety of all our guests throughout the whole season is our primary concern.

There is insufficient time at Blue Heron Trailer Park to open earlier than the planned official opening date.  Currently, the work to open the park is well underway.  Even though Haldimand County by-laws do allow the park to open on April 15 under normal circumstances, we choose to open our park on May 16.  The park is opened later than the municipal by-law date for a number of operational reasons.  As a result of water supply management, waste management, environment management, roads and repairs to grounds and facilities it is simply not possible for the park to open earlier.  Maintenance and operational processes of the park consists of many tasks that must be performed before guests arrive.  These tasks must be completed to ensure the safety of all our guests is guaranteed during the operating season.

Blue Heron is committed to providing guest safety, health and environment.

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