Statement re: COVID-19

March 17, 2020

Statement from Cultus Lake Park CAO re: COVID-19 Measures Being Put in Place, Cancellations and Closures

The Cultus Lake Park team and Board continue to closely monitor the rapidly developing situation regarding COVID-19. The health and safety of our team, our Board, community members and the public are a priority.

We are and will continue to follow the direction of the federal and provincial governments and health authorities. As such, the Chief Administrative Officer and Board Chair have made the following decisions that are effective immediately until April 17, 2020 (with the exception of the April 15 Board Meeting).

  • All events of more than 50 people are cancelled. This includes the community Easter Egg Hunt and the Sunnyside Campground Welcome Barbecue.
  • The March 18, 2020 Board meeting is cancelled. (The next Board meeting is set for April 15, 2020.)
  • All public facilities are closed – this includes public washrooms in Cultus Lake Park.
  • The Community Hall is closed.
  • Sunnyside campground is not affected by the closures at this time and is set to open on April 3, 2020. The store and public washrooms will not be open. If you are a Sunnyside camper and will be onsite, please use social distancing (keeping six feet or more between you and other people) and ensure that you respect other people’s requests not to engage socially.
  • While the Cultus Lake Park Office is open, we encourage anyone with questions or concerns to call 604-858-3334 or email reception@cultuslake.bc.ca rather than come to the Office. You may also use the slot in the front door to deliver anything to us.
  • All Cultus Lake Park Committee meetings are cancelled. (ADDED TO BLOG POST ON MARCH 18.)

This is a fast-moving situation and we are getting updates from government and health authorities daily – sometimes several a day. At this time, the closures outlined here are in effect until April 17, 2020, but it is important to understand that this may change and the closure period may be extended.

We understand that these decisions may be disappointing for some; however, they were made for the overall health and safety of our community and the public. We will continue to monitor developments and keep you informed of any further changes to events or other elements of the work that we do.

This is an important time for all British Columbians and Canadians to come together in support of others on a local and global level. As a team and as individuals, we are committed to doing everything we can to flatten the curve and not allow this serious virus to spread to anyone in our community.

19 Comments

    • Hello Pat. If you are asking about a spot at Sunnyside Campground, please contact the Park Office at 604-858-3334. If not, please rephrase your question. Thank you.

  • we have been seasonals for 53 years. I am checking on the date the campground is opening . first it was april 5th and now in your notice it is the 3rd. which is it?

    • Hello Pat. Sunnyside Campground reopens on April 3, but Seasonal Campers’ move-in date is on April 5. Sunnyside will be in touch with Seasonal Campers regarding the opening later this week.

  • This isn’t smart. Shut the campsite down and delay the opening date like everyone else. Delay next payment requirements until we have a better idea of what’s to come. It’s inevitable. Sunnyside/Cultus will either make the smart decision to stay closed until further notice or this will be imposed upon the business by the government.

    • Thank you for your comment, Travis. Your feedback is appreciated.

      Cultus Lake Park is following this unfolding situation closely and we are following the direction from the federal and provincial health authorities and governments.

      We are asking Sunnyside Campers to take every precaution should they choose to come to Sunnyside – and if they are not feeling well, to self-isolate in their home and seek medical attention.

      Precautions include social distancing; keeping at least six feet away from others; not shaking hands; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; when coughing or sneezing using a tissue (and disposing of that tissue in a wastebasket) or the bend of your arm – and not your hands; avoid touching your face; and cleaning high-touch surfaces often with regular household cleaners.

      You can see more here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html.

      All public washrooms and the store at Sunnyside will be closed.

      We continue to monitor this situation closely. If we receive direction from the health authorities or governments regarding restricting access to outdoor areas – which is what Sunnyside is – we will immediately and fully comply with that.

      This decision may be subject to change based on any directives received from public health authorities.

      • Please close Sunnyside campground immediately…this is a very dangerous situation…some Trailers are a mere inches away from each other….this is an outbreak waiting to happen…with at least 50% of the Campers being over the age of 60. Perhaps Adrian Dix office should be alerted to this foolishness if the Cultus Lake Parks Board does not act. Along with the CTV, The Progress, Sun and Province.
        Please don’t make it all about the money during a very serious pandemic…I know I’ll be calling.

        • Hello Kirk. We have completely shut down public use of facilities. Sunnyside is currently closed and we will make our next decisions on when it will open on Wednesday, March 25th. We have closed docks and playgrounds and have security on-site today and tomorrow to manage social distancing and control the park areas during this sunny weather. We will keep everyone updates as things change.

    • You are absolutely right. The only reason that the CLPA want things to remain unchanged is that they have been paid for the sites so that we are obviously dealing with greed over common sense.
      Let’s see what plays out over the next few days…

      • Hello Guy,

        Cultus Lake Park is following this unfolding situation closely and we are following the direction from the federal and provincial health authorities and governments. If we receive direction from the health authorities or governments regarding restricting access to outdoor areas – which is what Sunnyside is – we will immediately and fully comply with that.

        All public washrooms and the store at Sunnyside will be closed. We are asking Sunnyside Campers to take every precaution should they choose to come to Sunnyside – and if they are not feeling well, to self-isolate in their home and seek medical attention.

        Our decision to have Sunnyside open is subject to change based on any directives received from public health authorities.

    • I have to disagree with you!! TRAVIS! !! Every one els is not shutting down there campsites!!!! For example Fort Langley Campsiite is open but there activities and there store remains closed as THEY SHOULD, Sunny Side Cultus is doing the same. Bathrooms and there in site store is closed until further notice. Smart thing to do. However closing a outdoor campground, I have to disagree period! Let the camping begin people!!!

  • In light of the daily changes due to Covid 19 it is very scary to leave the house I live in. I’m disappointed Sunnyside is not closing down as camping is all about engaging with other fellow campers. Kids can’t go to playgrounds or play with each other as kids are carriers of the virus and the campground does have elderly people as well, including ourselves.

    • Hello Sidonia. We have completely shut down public use of facilities. Sunnyside is currently closed and we will make our next decisions on when it will open on Wednesday, March 25th. We have closed docks and playgrounds and have security on-site today and tomorrow to manage social distancing and control the park areas during this sunny weather. We will keep everyone updates as things change.

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