Hunting season is right around the corner but the Renfrew County District Health Unit says even out in the bush, COVID-19 guidelines must still be followed.
The RCDHU is asking hunters to limit their party to people within Renfrew County, and give thoughtful consideration about who you’re hunting with. They ask hunters to practice physical distancing with people outside your immediate household at all times and aim to limit 2 people per vehicle on the way to hunting locations. They also ask hunters to not sleep in tight sleeping quarters and bring an extra tent or vehicle, and take soap and hand sanitizer on your hunt. The unit says to avoid buffet style and communal meals to ensure you are not sharing cooking utensils, and bring prepared meals. They say to clean and disinfect high touch surfaces such as cookware, door handles, light switches and bathrooms.
The Health Unit says that while hunting is not a prohibited activity, they say to be mindful of the COVID-19 Restriction. They add that conservation officers of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have the power to enforce guidelines and issue fines if COVID-19 restrictions are not being followed.