Staying Upwind of Covid-19!
WHEN IT IS SAFE TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN, WE’LL BE READY!
This photo to the left shows the beautiful smiles of our loved ones, including family and friends. We can’t wait to see them, and you aboard our boats, once again!
At this time of the year we are usually putting boats in the water, hiring and training staff, working up new stories and experiences to share and looking forward to welcoming you aboard.
Enter COVID-19, with many unknowns!
However, there are some important details affecting our operations, that we do know:
- In South Bruce Peninsula all of our trails, beaches, marinas, docks and boat launches are presently closed.
- Mandatory closure of non-essential workplaces.
- People must avoid gatherings of more than 5 people.
- Ontario has declared a Restricted Fire Zone for the entire fire region of the province (Restricted Fire Zones 1 to 36) which includes the Bruce Peninsula
- Seasonal residents have been asked to remain at their home address near their own doctor, and avoid coming to the Bruce due to concern about the inability for our rural medical system and essential services to handle any increase in population at this time of the year.
- Many Bruce Peninsula accommodators will not be providing short-term rental accommodation in spring months. (UPDATE: Short-term rentals have been banned. – April 7/20)
- There is enforcement of by-laws that have been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus in our municipality.
- If we all follow the provincial guidelines and STAY HOME now, there is a greater chance that we will all be able to enjoy some of the summer of 2020. Only time will tell!
You can learn more about our local response on the Town of South Bruce Peninsula website.
When this is over we will be so happy to spend time with the people we are missing right now, and we expect you will want to spend time with your people, too! When it is safe to do so, we look forward to welcoming you back and helping you shake off these months of self-isolation!
Our present operations:
- Operations that can continue:
- Odd jobs at cottages that are still vacant so you can be assured your spring routines are being handled, and so we can remain physically distanced from others
- Operations presently on hold:
- boat tours
- Sauble Beach Main Street reservation location
- short term rental accommodations are on hold until June 20th, to be altered as is recommended by authorities
- Our decision and timing of startup of above, will be determined by:
- municipal and provincial guidelines in place to protect the residents of Ontario and our community
- health and safety of our staff, and our guests
- When full operations resume:
- We will follow public health guidelines for business operators to prevent the spread of Covid-19 on our boats, when operations resume.
- Our private, small-group experiences will be highlighted when operations can safely resume, as we believe our guests will appreciate the reduced risk inherent in these situations.
- Our customers can continue to book our tours online during this time. We would recommend booking July – October. If we can open earlier, you’ll be the first to know!
- If you would like a refund for an existing reservation or outstanding Gift Certificates, please contact us at 519-372-6309 and leave a message or email TheStewarts@brucepeninsulaboattours.com.
- Our very liberal refund policy will continue to apply. (You can cancel up to 24 hours before a tour and receive a full refund. Cancellation within 24 hours of departure, receive a 90% refund.)
- In addition to our weather related safety cancellation policy, we are adding the right to cancel and provide a full-refund if we cannot resume operations for health and safety reasons related to this pandemic.
- If restrictions remain in place throughout the 2020 season and we are unable to resume operations, all outstanding Gift Certificates, Gift Cards and reservations will be refunded.
Keeping our Community Healthy and Strong
The Bruce Peninsula Community Food Bank is in immediate need of support. We personally support this organization and volunteer our time with the Rotary Club of Wiarton who also support this organization. With major community fundraisers cancelled and a variety of donations at risk the supplies at our food bank may be dangerously reduced. If you love the Bruce Peninsula and would like to support our community, please consider donating to the Bruce Peninsula Community Food Bank. You can find more information about how to do this, here.
Thank you to our valued customers for your continued support. Your inquiries, planned return visits and recommendations of our tours is very appreciated.
As business owners and partners in life, we have a great deal to be grateful for. Our business is a second chapter for us, that we never expected, and thoroughly enjoy. We are healthy, our children and grandchildren are healthy and safe. (But we are really missing them right now!) We have a lovely home, in a beautiful place with all the conveniences anyone could ever want or need while in isolation, and we have each other.
As we think about those in countries that do not have the government and infrastructure we are privileged to have here in Canada, the migration of workers across countries that have gone into immediate lockdown, the people in Canada and the world that may live in perilous conditions already, our hearts break. Be kind, be generous, be thankful. We’ll get through this, and we suspect there will be some unexpected gifts, in the midst the unusual situation we all find ourselves in today.