BC Parks has announced that it is implementing full closures of certain parks throughout the province, as people are not complying with the provincial health officer’s requirement for families and individuals to stay at least two metres away from others.
These closures are in addition to a previous suspension of services and facilities in provincial parks, including visitor centres, nature houses, washrooms, and day-use areas.
People who still choose to visit provincial parks should be mindful that they are responsible for their own safety and that washroom facility will not be available.
In addition to the BC Parks closures, the Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) is closing its campgrounds and amenities located in remote areas and provide basic facilities. The temporary closure includes RSTBC campgrounds where there is an increased likelihood of close contact with frequently touched surfaces, including toilets, kiosks, ticket booths, overnight shelters and day-use shelters. Day-use shelters, backcountry cabins, warming huts, ticket booths at snowmobile areas and other built facilities will be closed.
Backcountry trails will remain open, but maintenance services, including grooming, have been suspended. Trail users are encouraged to use local facilities and not travel for recreation purposes. The facilities accessed by these groups will also remain closed.
Parks Canada is also suspending temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access by visitors to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas,