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Private campgrounds allowed to remain open during COVID-19 pandemic

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The long weekend typically results in hoards of people rushing out of the city to get their spot at a campground but due to COVID-19, it’s nearly impossible to leave the house.

Both provincial and federal parks have closed, however, private campsites like Aspen Crossing, located southeast of Calgary, remain open.

The site has been working with Alberta Health Services to ensure all the proper guidelines are followed to allow for people to come visit.

On its website they have strict rules which include guests using a six-foot-long stick provided to them for social distancing, closing its playground, and limiting laundry and washrooms uses to one person.

“We are working very closely with our health inspector and he is visiting us on a weekly basis,” Sandi McNeill, General Manager of Aspen Crossing, said

If anyone is caught not abiding by the rules McNeill says they would be removed from their site immediately.

Alberta Health issued a statement explaining that it “is exploring potential restrictions on recreational camping at private campgrounds or other similar locations and will be providing additional guidance in the near future. For now, private campgrounds can continue to operate and provide access to the public, as long as they take actions to protect workers, volunteers and patrons from the risk of transmission of infection.”

“We are strongly urging everyone to stay at home and avoid all non-essential travel, both within and outside of their community.”

Aspen Crossing is also welcoming truckers to its site who have found it hard to find open rest stops following the COVID-19 outbreak.

“They can bring in the truck and park right in front of the tavern, which is only takeout food,” McNeill added.

Truckers will be allowed to use their facilities to clean up if it is one person at a time.