B.C.’s environment ministry says approximately 25 per cent of campsite reservations made through BC Parks have been cancelled as the province’s travel restrictions continue.
As of April 19, there were around 22,000 camping reservations made up to and including May 25, when the ban on travel between select health authorities is set to expire.
“To date, over 6,000 of those reservations have been cancelled, equivalent to approximately 25 per cent of bookings,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
BC Parks is in touch with all campers who have cancelled their reservations and will provide them full refunds, the ministry said.
The ministry is asking people to recreate “as close to home as possible” until the travel restrictions expire.
The province’s travel restrictions, which went into effect April 23, set out three regions that British Columbians can not travel between for non-essential reasons.
Under the new rules, the Northern Health and Interior Health authorities will be viewed as one region, as will the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions, while Island Health remains its own region.
Anyone found to be in contravention of the public health order, laid out in B.C.’s Emergency Program Act, could face a $575 fine.