We are excited to be welcoming Campers back to Manitoulin Island this summer, but understand the great importance of keeping all attendees and the local community safe. Although we are excited for the path back to normal, we feel that some COVID-19 protocols still need to be implemented to help maintain the health and safety of our attendees and allow the Camps to run smoothly. This document outlines our summer 2022 COVID-19 protocols. We feel that these protocols will provide added protection from illness without taking away from everyone’s experience on Manitoulin. Below you will find our COVID Safety Plan:
Pre-Arrival & Screening:
Prior to arriving on-site, a self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 must be completed using the Ontario Covid-19 self-assessment tool (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/). If you are required to isolate, please stay at home and advise the registrar. Upon arrival each individual will need to sign-in with the date and time of arrival and affirm their self-assessment result. In the week leading up to camp, we ask that individuals reduce any high-risk social interactions as much as possible and strictly adhere to the current public health guidelines and recommendations.
Anyone traveling from outside of Canada must follow federal and provincial requirements and guidelines for quarantining, screening, and testing prior to Camp and any other associated requirements at Camp (such as masking, tracking close contacts, etc.). Refer to COVID-19 testing, the federal Quarantine Act, and federal travel guidelines (https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid)
Current federal requirements for foreign travelers include having a quarantine plan that includes a quarantine location if they develop symptoms or test positive. All foreign travelers are advised that they cannot carry out their quarantine at the camp and require an alternate location.
Rapid testing is a tool that may be used to confirm the presence of COVID-19 at the Camp. As such, rapid tests may be used to test symptomatic campers or a camper who might be considered a close contact.
Proof of vaccination is not required to attend, however vaccination status currently impacts isolation requirements and ability to remain at the camp if deemed a “household close contact”.
Sleeping and Eating Arrangements:
For the purposes of Case and Contact Management all individuals that sleep and eat on the same site will be considered “household close contacts”. In an effort to minimize the number of close contacts, all attendees are to sleep at only one camp site for the duration of the full week. Individuals are not to spend any time in a tent or trailer on another site.
Manitoulin Camps will have masks as a mandatory part of the packing list. For all attendees, wearing a mask will be required in all indoor shared spaces (i.e. pavilion – unless speaking from the podium, classrooms, washrooms). Those under the age of two, or those with a medical condition that inhibits the ability to wear a face covering are exempt from this requirement. Wearing a mask will be optional in any outdoor spaces. Manitoulin Bible Camps will continue to review the latest masking recommendations from public health and make changes to our masking policy as needed.
Response Plan for Symptomatic Campers:
If a camper starts to show signs or symptoms of COVID-19, they will be immediately isolated and have access to a designated biffie. Once isolated, the Camp medical team will determine if the symptoms are a potential sign of COVID-19 or if it is a symptom of a pre-existing condition. A rapid antigen test will be administered by the medical team. In the case of a positive test result or sufficient symptoms to be presumed positive, due to the long isolation period, campers will be required to leave the Camp.
Close Contacts to Positive Case:
Close contacts of a Positive Case will be required to follow Provincial guidelines including masking or isolation if required. Close contacts that are required to isolate, cannot carry out their isolation at the Camp and will be required to leave the Camp.
An individual involved in food preparation for campers from a different camp site is permitted, but a mask iscto be worn during food preparation, even if done outdoors, in addition to following proper hand andcrespiratory hygiene.
Sanitation and Cleaning:
Manitoulin Bible Camp will have a number of sanitation stations throughout the camp. Hand sanitizer can be found at the entrance of every building. Manitoulin Bible Camp has also created protocols to:
Ensure enhanced cleaning of washrooms.
Ensure the continued availability of all equipment necessary for hygiene measures (soap, water, hand sanitizer, paper towel, and toilet paper).
Post signage of hygiene best practices in public washrooms.
Clean/disinfect all frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, stall locks, toilet handles, sinks, etc.). Regular fogging of washroom areas as needed.
All Camps are to promote proper hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, ventilation, and eating outdoors should be prioritized. Additionally, camps will prioritize outdoor programming where possible.
As attendees will appreciate, one of the few constants during the pandemic has been perpetual change as governments have adapted to ever-evolving conditions. Therefore, we will continue to carefully monitor and make any adjustments to the above COVID-19 related measures as needed.