COVID-19 Update: Ontario marinas open for cottagers, with safety provisions

May 15, 2020

There’s been a flurry of Ontario government announcements over the past week with respect to marina openings, and access to marinas for seasonal cottagers and recreational users. Here’s a summary.

Late on Friday, May 8, the Ontario government made a significant change to its essential services provisions that allows marinas to prepare AND open for seasonal residents only, in time for the holiday weekend.

It is important to note that the primary purpose for allowing the marina openings, according to the government, is to give property owners a chance to access to their cottages to deal with any winter damage. It is not meant to signal “business as usual” in cottage country.

Cottagers visiting their properties via marinas will still have to abide by Ontario restrictions around social distancing, family groupings and small gatherings. Marina operators will have special measures in place to ensure safe operation.

Read more details from the Georgian Bay Association about the weekend opening and the Ontario announcement here. As always, Bayfield-Nares cottagers should consult with their respective marinas regarding special measures in these extraordinary times, and arrangements for boat launching.

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, May 12, the Ontario government also extended its Declaration of Emergency, with details about the wider economy. It also announced further details about Stage 1 of the provincial re-opening plan on Thursday, May 14, available here.

As of Saturday morning, May 16, marinas are now fully open for recreational customers as well, not just seasonal cottagers, but again with appropriate protocols in place.

Have a nice holiday weekend everyone, and safe travelling for those visiting their cottages for the first time.