The many holidaymakers who invaded the campsites for the weeks of construction hardly respect the physical distance, entrusted site managers.
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“When people arrive at a campsite, they feel they are leaving the restrictive daily life of COVID. There is a tendency to let go. It is up to us to bring them back, ”says Pierre-Marc Lussier, Director General of Camping Vacances Bromont, in Montérégie.
The face cover, mandatory in public places closed since Saturday, has been well integrated by visitors despite some oversights, according to several campsite managers.
“It is a learning process, but no one objected when we called it back,” added Mr. Lussier.
However, respecting the two meters still causes some headaches, especially this weekend, when most of the campsites were full.
“It takes a lot of persistence to enforce the two meters distance. Often gangs know each other and gather on the beach. This is where it gets complicated, ”says Jacques Greves, owner of Le Fou du roi campsite in Rivière-Rouge, in the Laurentians.
To adapt to the health crisis, the Domaine des îles enchantées campsite, in Upton, in the Montérégie region, had put on music shows on a rolling platform that strolled through the site.
“People followed the platform and gathered around it. For two weeks, we no longer offer the activity, ”explains the owner, Monique Deslandes.
“We can put up signs everywhere, it’s difficult … In the evening, people gather around the campfires. There are some who don’t understand, and others who don’t care, ”she continues.
Especially since the reduced capacity of the pools does not please everyone.
“People are complaining because we have a reservation list, which limits the time spent in the pool. Some do not have access to it at the time they wish. It’s a real headache, ”says Philippe Rioux, reception manager at Huttopia campsite, in Sutton, in the Eastern Townships.
At Camping Vacances Bromont, vacationers line up to enter the swimming area. Every hour, the swimming pool is emptied of its bathers and the chairs are disinfected.
“95% of people are understanding and appreciate that we are strict. But, it is we who are subject to the discontent of others, ”says Pierre-Marc Lussier.