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How many people are allowed to camp together in B.C. parks during the COVID-19 pandemic?

BC Parks have reopened, with a new set of COVID-19 rules. (Courtesy BC Parks)
Summary

Maximum camping party size is eight people, regardless of age

Discover Camping website opens reservations two months in advance

Campers are being told to physically distance themselves from others

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Question:

“Will max occupancy for double camping sites change for Phase 3? We had a double site booked (three couples) and now it seems only four adults are allowed – ridiculous seeing as we can go to a restaurant together.”

Answer:

It appears BC Parks has changed a rule that previously limited camping parties to four adults and four youth.

The maximum for both single and double camping sites is now eight – regardless of age.

“This approach will be in place for this season – there are no plans to change this for Phase 3,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment (which oversees BC Parks) told NEWS 1130.

“We are fortunate in B.C., due to the size and spacing of our campgrounds, not to have had to overly restrict camping opportunities,” David Karn said in an email. “Many other jurisdictions have had to reduce their opportunities by 50 per cent or more.”

While most campgrounds across B.C. are now open, it may prove a challenge to book a site.

When the province’s Discover Camping website began accepting reservations on May 25, the site crashed due to thousands and British Columbians trying to book their summer getaways.

Many campgrounds are nearly fully booked through the next two months, but the site makes reservations available only two months in advance. So if you’re planning a camping trip for August, you might want to secure a site on the exact day it becomes available.

BC Parks is encouraging campers to plan their trips close to home and is restricting camping to B.C. residents.

People are also being told to stay home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Campers are being told to practise social distancing, avoid touching shared surfaces in campgrounds and wash their hands.

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