Ontario has extended its ban on camping until mid-June, meaning outdoor enthusiasts will have a later start to the season than usual due to COVID-19.
Recreational camping on public lands is now forbidden until at least June 16, and the ban could be extended further in two-week increments.
On Saturday, the province announced a slew of lengthened public health orders, including a ban on recreational travel around the province and a provision that allows health workers to transfer hospital patients without their consent due to COVID-19 overflow.
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In Step 1, campsites and campgrounds will reopen, and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed.
Provincial parks are currently open for day-use activities such as hiking and walking. The province is offering free daytime admission during weekdays at many of its provincial parks this summer.