South West Pond Park Update
Please be advised that South West Pond Park will be opening on June 8th, 2020. The park will open at a reduced capacity to be compliant with the Provincial Health Orders.
Seasonal campers that were required to relocate to a different site to meet Government standards have already been contacted by the Park Manager. The Park will open with the following Provincial guidelines in place:
Guidance for Campgrounds
Note: National parks are subject to rules and regulations by Parks Canada. The information below pertains to provincial and private campgrounds in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Alert Level 3, provincial, municipal and private campgrounds are permitted to open for limited overnight camping, with restrictions.
Decisions regarding the timing of Provincial Park opening rests with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.
• Day use of campgrounds and parks is permitted in Alert Level 3.
• Overnight camping access will be limited to self-contained units, including RVs or cabins that have a water supply, holding tanks and personal washroom facilities.
• Occupants of a campsite must be from the same extended bubble.
• There must be a distance of at least 30 feet between units to ensure appropriate physical distancing. Campers must stay at least 6 feet away from each other, unless they are part of the same bubble.
• Overnight tent camping is not permitted in Alert Level 3. No group campsites/reservations are permitted, and double sites cannot be booked.
• Except for pit privies and toilet facilities, all shared facilities, such as showers, laundry facilities, cookhouses, playgrounds, clubhouses, communal fire pits and firewood distribution centres must remain closed.
• Food services are permitted using curbside pick-up or contactless delivery.
A South West Pond Park Covid-19 Guide will be provided to all campers once park fees have been paid. Campers will be required to complete a form agreeing to adhere to all Covid-19 restrictions that are in place.
Failure to comply with the provincial Covid-19 restrictions could face a fine of $500 to $2,500, or jail time up to 6 months, or both a fine and jail time. A corporation found in breach of these orders could face a fine of $5,000 to $50,000. The RNC and RCMP have the authority to issue summary offence tickets to those acting contrary to orders issued under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act, as per the Government of Newfoundland website.
There is a form that must be completed if you wish to report concerns about an individual or business who you think is acting contrary to orders issued under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act. To view the orders issued under the Act to date, see Public Health Orders.
Please follow the town website www.townofnewwesvalley.ca for updates relating to COVID-19.