As the Reopening Ontario Act is no longer in effect, the Ministry of Health guidance document entitled COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Camps is no longer a requirement.
Likewise, the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) has stated it is unlikely any new camp guidance will be released. After consulting with Public Health, the OCA and the Health Advisory Committee, we wanted to share these updates with you.
What are the COVID-19 policies for Muskoka Woods Schools and Groups?
- We strongly recommend that all guests and staff be fully vaccinated. However, there will be no vaccination requirement for guests or staff of Muskoka Woods.
- If a guest is experiencing new or worsening COVID-19 symptoms and/or has been recommended to isolate by a doctor, health care professional, Public Health unit, or the Ontario COVID-19 Self Assessment, and if the isolation period overlaps with a guest’s arrival, do not come to camp.
- We recommend that guests pack masks. We will be a mask-friendly environment for those who choose to wear a mask during their time at camp. If a guest is identified as having COVID-19 symptoms or is in contact with someone with symptoms, we may require a guest to wear a mask based on Public Health advice.
- In the event that a guest begins to show COVID-19 symptoms while at the Resort, they will be asked to return home. Group leaders are responsible for arranging ill guests’ transportation home and communicating with parents/guardians.
- Muskoka Woods will provide temporary isolation for ill guests as they await transportation home. However, group leaders must arrange for transportation in a timely manner if guests are isolating.
What are we doing to keep guests safe?
Staff have been trained on where and when to apply hand sanitizer. In addition, medical grade hand sanitizer stations have been installed in abundance around camp. Hand washing stations are installed in key locations.
All persons on resort property will be encouraged frequently to practice hand hygiene. Posters will indicate proper hand washing technique and remind guests and staff to avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Ventilation & Air Filtration
HEPA (High-grade air filtration systems) have been installed to improve ventilation, indoor air quality and reduce the risk of airborne transmission of viruses.
Windows will be open when possible and exhaust fans left on at all times to keep air moving.
Training for both full and part-time staff has been increased and special attention has been given during our onboarding process, including:
- Proper hand washing frequency and techniques
- Familiarity with current government and public health guidance, especially as it applies to resort-specific operations (such as housekeeping, food service, and maintenance)
- Proper techniques for general cleaning and disinfecting
- Proper use and disposal of personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks. Instructions for donning and doffing of PPE, physical distancing, and group gathering limits.
Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting
Cabins are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to group and guest arrival, and subsequent to departure. We take special care to clean and disinfect doorhandles, countertops and other high touch points.
In addition, Muskoka Woods common areas where physical distancing is not possible – such as our dining rooms and bathrooms – are being cleaned and disinfected at increased frequency including high touch points such as door handles, countertops and others.
Shared equipment is disinfected as required to maintain sanitary conditions.
Staff and guests are given guidance on where and when to apply hand sanitizer or wash their hands throughout the day.
Health Advisory Committee
Muskoka Woods has enlisted the expert and professional advice of members of the health care community for several decades. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have provided expert advice, guidance and been instrumental in helping us set direction for our response.
Dr. Rob Woodall
MD, BSC, CCFP(EM), DIP SPORT MED(CASEM)
Dr. Woodall currently practices in the Emergency Department at Windsor Regional Hospital and is also the former Chief of Emergency Medicine for Windsor and its surrounding region. He is the first-ever recipient of Physician Legends Award, Windsor Regional Hospital (2013) and the Above & Beyond Recognition Recipient, Windsor Regional Hospital (2007-2020).
RN, BHS, MAEd, CHE
Susan has been with North York General Hospital since 1980 and has held several leadership positions including Unit Administrator and Program Director in Emergency Services, Director of Professional Practice, Research and Education and most recently, Program Director of Medicine, Critical Care and Elder Care. She is a member of the NYGH leadership team serving as the Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive.
Lori is a registered nurse and has been the Muskoka Woods Health Care Centre Director since 2010. Her nursing career has seen her serve as a nurse at Sick Kids as a public health nurse and with Toronto Public Health where she worked with communities and in schools. She first attended Muskoka Woods as a counsellor in training in 1979 and has been at the camp in some capacity every summer since.