People are concerned about Coronavirus, (COVID-19), and so are we. We take the safety and health of our campers and staff into account as we plan the summer season and beyond, knowing that campers are entrusted to us for a short time.
By now you will be aware that the COVID-19 situation has been given global pandemic status by the World Health Organization. And that on Tuesday, March 17th, the Ontario government called for a state of emergency limiting groups gathering to less than 50 people.
MBC/Widji have implemented a facility shut down (other than essential services) effective immediately and running until April 24th. Many full time staff [including Moose & Heyoo (at right)] are working from home in isolation as requested by our government. In the midst of all that, we continue to hire staff for spring and summer. We continue to make plans for the summer. We are excited for the ministry opportunities we will have this summer.
We anticipate that we will be able to move ahead with spring and summer plans after the end of April. Our goal is to normalize at Widji as soon as possible. During this time we will be constantly monitoring the situation and provide any updates as needed.
You can read our full public statement on the MBC website at www.muskokabible.com/files/
We are carefully monitoring the progress of this outbreak with Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). That said we want to be prepared, and have policies that apply to cases such as these. More info is available from the PHAC here. We know you understand these are unprecedented times. We will keep you updated as we know more about our plans to reopen. Watch the Widji website and social media for updates.
Prevention when summer comes
As general practice, we have procedures for prevention and cleanliness at camp. Some practices include:
- Opening day screening – we are asking questions about travel and symptoms to help better care for our campers and staff. If your camper is feeling unwell, please consider shifting to another week at camp, when they’re feeling better.
- Daily Cabin Cleaning – rewards are involved and we incentivize cleanliness around camp
- Hand Washing is part of our routine. Before and after meals, activities and other times of the day
- This summer we plan to make hand sanitizer readily available for every cabin and gathering places
- Cabins are sanitized at the end of every week including bunks and contact surfaces
We can all do our part to stop, contain, and avoid the spread of this virus. Every person has the capacity to
contribute by protecting ourselves and our community.