COVID-19 UPDATE


Latest Update

July-23-2021 

UPDATE TO BORDER CROSSING REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be fully vaccinated 14 days prior to arrival with a Health Canada approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and/ or Johnson & Johnson (one dose).
  • You must provide proof of a negative COVID PCR or molecular test within 72 hours prior to entry
  • Fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to perform a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected at the port of entry to complete a COVID-19 molecular test, which will be rare.
  • Be sure to provide COVID-19 related information, including proof of vaccination well ahead of your travel time to the ARRIVECAN (APP or web-portal) to ensure a quick and easier crossing time while entering Canada, which is mandatory.
  • Carry a paper or digital copy of your vaccinations document ready to show border officials upon request.
  • Those 12 years of age and under travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians will NOT have to quarantine for the 14 days, and those children will be allowed to enter.
  • Before entering, you must have a quarantine plan in place in the event that you or someone from your group may test positive for COVID-19. ONAWAY LODGE has a designated on-site building in the event of a member of your group needing to quarantine. Let the CUSTOM OFFICERS know that you have a place to quarantine in the event of this happening.

ALTHOUGH THE US BORDER IS CLOSED UNTI AUGUST 21

  • This does not stop US citizens from returning home. You will not be denied entry back into your country.
  • This simply means that Canadians are not yet able to cross into the USA unless for essential reasons.
  • You will not be required to quarantine upon entry back into the USA, or to provide a COVID-19 test as that is not a requirement for fully vaccinated US citizens returning home.

July-21-2021

WE ARE WORKING HARD AT PLANNING A REOPENING. WE WIL LBE IN TOUCH WITH ALL WHO HAVE CALLED/ EMAILED/MESSAGED OR WHO CURERNTLY HAVE A RESERVATION AFTER AUGUST 9TH.

PLEASE BE APTIENT WILL US. SINCE WE ARE NOT WORKING AT HOME AND DO NOT HAVE CELL SERVICE WE WILL RETURN CALLS AS SOON AS WE POSSSIBLY CAN.

The Federal Government officially announced that the Canada border with the US will be open for fully vaccinated American travellers on August 9th, 2021.

Of course this comes with a list of COVID safety measures that guests will need to adhere to. Fully vaccinated travellers must meet the following requirements:

  • be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and/or Johnson & Johnson (one-dose));
  • provide COVID-19- related information electronically through ArriveCan (App or web portal) including proof of vaccination prior to departing for Canada;
  • meet the pre-entry testing requirements;
  • be asymptomatic upon arrival; and
  • have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French (or certified translation, along with the original) ready to show a government official on request; and
  • participate in random self-testing

All travellers must also present a suitable quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, should they not meet all of the conditions to be exempt from quarantine.

PLEASE NOTE WE WILL HAVE  SEPARATE ACCOMODATION FOR ANYONE NEEDING TO QUARANTINE.


June-30-2021

Hi Folks

I am seeing our industry (Tourism) has presented a program to allow US tourists into Canada. In saying this I have no idea whether the governments will see this as doable or not and at least allow us to open in August/September. We can only hope they see the benefits. Part of the plan includes asking for the following information as border crossings. 

Vaccination Card (the U.S. is issuing vaccination cards) 2. Proof of negative COVID-19 test 3. Proof of download of Canada’s COVID Alert App and submission of ArriveCAN information 4. Tourist establishment reservation (with no other unscheduled travel).

I am including this so you can prepare yourselves for when the border does open. Again I don’t know that this will all be required but I am certain a vaccination card will be.

Less than three weeks after Ontario began the gradual process of reopening the economy, most of the province has now moved into Step 2 of the provincial government’s reopening plan. As of 12:01 a.m. on June 30, all regions in Ontario — except for the area covered by Waterloo Public Health (delayed until mid-July due to a surge in Delta variant cases) — advanced in the plan, which brings with it an expansion of outdoor activities and settings as well as the beginning of opening up indoor settings.“[Step 2] must be done with caution and care,” Dr. Kieran Moore,

Ontario’s new chief medical officer of health, told reporters hours before Step 2 came into effect, noting there have been outbreaks fueled by the Delta variant Under the plan released in May, a minimum period of three weeks will be in place before Step 3 could come into effect.

During his first news conference on Tuesday in his new capacity as chief medical officer of health, Moore said he expects Step 2 to last for at least the full three weeks due to concerns about COVID-19 variants.

I am hesitant to say that we will be allowed a July 22 (the end of Step 2 ) opening if we hold fast to the re-opening plan for Ontario since we will be in Step two until July 21 with a possible start of Step 3 July 23 or later according to our Premier”. Step 3 does not speak of the border opening. I have included the 3 step roadmap for you below.

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June 21 2021

The Canada-US border closure has been extended to July 21st. Both Minister Blair and Minister LeBlanc have stated that the Government will have more to say about the restrictions on June 21st. We hope that the Government will release their border reopening plan as soon as possible.

NOTO has been sharing the pilot project proposal developed through the Northern Ontario Border Working Group with Government. In this pilot project proposal, we demand that the Government permit fully vaccinated individuals to enter Canada without the need for quarantine. We need the travel restrictions to be significantly reduced so that we can save a portion of the 2021 season and help kickstart the economic recovery of the tourism industry in Ontario. We need Government to understand the urgency. Many operators can not survive another season without American tourists. 

If the reopening takes to long a  hard decision by many may have to be made whether it is fiscally responsible to open the doors of the already financially challenged businesses. It can take up to 14 days to open a camp to be completely prepared for guests. And another 14 days to close down.

We will keep you all updated on any reopening plans our governments decide on. Lets hope we can at least get August and September.

 


June 02 2021

WE ARE NOT LOST Both Blair and I are going to be away from all services; phone, cell, text, email or smoke signals….We are working off site however we will be back and forth between the work site and the house so please leave us a message and when we are home we will return your messages.

As you may already know (if you read our website under COVID 19) the border closure has been extended to June 21. All reservations have been moved to next year in your same week. Please see the website (under COVID 19 updates) to determine your week. There are rumblings that the government is working on plans on how to reopen the border.

I’m also going to present this little piece of information since our government will not give us any long term (more than 30 days at a time) information on the border closure.

If we are to take what our Premier is saying about the re-opening of Ontario the process will happen in three stages and each one will be in place for 21 days to ensure no resurge. That in my mathematical mind takes us up to 63 days I believe they are planning on starting the re-opening June 14,2021. That I’m calculating is mid-August….Hmmm….another look between the lines. But we can hope for the best if not there is next year…AND OF COURSE THIS IS NOT OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION But potential heads up for folks booked in July…

Hope you are staying safe, staying optimistic and please enjoy your summer safely.

Where we are at in Ontario. After two months, Ontario’s stay-at-home order will officially expire on Wednesday June 2.

However, the province isn’t set to begin Step 1 of its reopening plan until June 14 at the earliest. So what happens between the end of the stay-at-home order and the beginning of Ontario’s reopening plan? According to the government, the measures first introduced under the provincewide “emergency brake” will remain in effect during that time. Here’s a look at what you can and can’t do under those measures:

Leaving home- On June 2, it will no longer be illegal to leave your home for non-essential reasons. It will be the first time this is the case since the stay-at-home order was implemented in April.

Social gatherings-Much like the stay-at-home order, residents can see their friends and family outdoors to a limit of five people. Gatherings larger than five people are allowed if all members are from the same household. Those who live alone are free to gather with one other household. Indoor gatherings remain illegal.

In-person shopping-Capacity limits of 25 per cent at supermarkets, grocery and convenience stores remain in place under the emergency brake measures. Non-essential retail remains off limits.

Personal care services-Those longing for a haircut or manicure will have to keep waiting. Personal care services remain off limits until Step 2 of the province’s reopening plan. Face coverings and capacity limits will be in place at locations offering personal care services at that time.

Indoor and outdoor dining-Restaurants and bars across the province will have to remain closed until at least June 14. In the meantime, those establishments are forced to continue offering take-out, drive-through and delivery orders only.

Sports and recreational facilities-With the exception of high-performance athletes, child care, mental health and addiction support services, social services, and physical therapy, most indoor and outdoor sports and recreational facilities remain closed. Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training of up to 10 people can resume in Step 1. Some outdoor recreational facilities, like golf courses and tennis courts, were cleared to reopen on May 22 as COVID-19 cases in the province continued to trend downward.

Weddings and funerals-A maximum of 10 people, indoors or outdoors, can continue to attend weddings, funerals, and other religious services. Physical distancing must be maintained and guests must wear a mask or face covering when they are within two metres of each other. 

In other words, and as explained by the provincial government, "Nothing changes on June 3 other than the stay-at-home order lapses."

On Saturday, the province announced the extension of some orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

This extension includes the prohibition of recreational camping on public lands, a ban on recreational interprovincial border crossings, the continuation of redeployment of staff and patients between Ontario hospitals as necessary, and the enforcement of COVID-19 measures until at least June 16, 2021.

 


May 19th 2021

The border closure extension has been extended until June 21/2021.

All reservations from May 21 (week 2) until June 25 (week 6) will be moved to 2022.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  WEEK 2 WILL BE MAY 27-JUNE3 AND WEEK 6 WILL BE JUNE 24-JULY 1.

To help clarify the weeks, week 1 will be the first week of fishing with fishing starting the 3rd Saturday in May (for 2022 its opens May 21) Week 1 will start May 20-May 27/2022


May 14th 2021

Just a quick update.

As more contagious variants continue to pose significant risks, Ontario has extended the Stay-at-Home Order until at least June 2, 2021. All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect. During this time, the government will prepare to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youth between the ages of 12 and 17, beginning the week May 31, 2021, as the province also finalizes plans to gradually and safely re-open the province.

So in my uneducated guess I am going to presume that on May 20 the border closure will be extended until June 21. IT HAS NOT BEEN ANNOUNCED YET!!!!! I know this isn’t helpful for those of you who have reservations in July and August but we are so ever hopeful. We miss everyone and hope that you are all staying well. We are hoping our country gets us all vaccinated soon.

SINCE I AM UNABLE TO CONTACT EVERYONE BY PHONE PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK TO OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.


April-30-2021

The border closure between Canada and the USA is closed until May 21st.  We are currently in a provincial lockdown until May 20, 2021.  The slow vaccine rollout in Canada and the identification of three different variants of Covid Canada is trying to vaccinate as many people as possible with the first dose to try and get a handle on the increasing number of cases (we are in our third wave) and, as of today, about 25% of our population has received their shot.  Second shots are being booked four months after the first vaccine. Hopefully that length of time is shortened to ensure the viability of the second shot.

If you have reservations in June, we can wait and see until May 20th to see in there will be an extension to the border closure. However, I understand the need to prepare for vacation time. I am thinking June will not be open either but again I have been wrong before… Any reservations that cannot be honoured due to the closure will again be moved to your week in 2022. (keep in mind that your reservation for 2022 is rolling back to more typical dates i.e.: May 21-28/21 will be May 27-June 3/22), we will also honour your deposits from 2019.

We are not getting any forthcoming direction or information from the governments both Canada and the US regarding long term closure of the border (more than 30 days at a time) so we are uncertain as to what to tell guests about a possible opening and if it will be during your reservation week. We must thank you all for your continued support and appreciate your patience as we proceed through this ambiguous time.

This brings another year of uncertainty and hardship to many resource-based tourism outfitters in Northwestern Ontario and our prayers go out to all that they can sustain their businesses until this is over or. our governments see the importance of Tourism and provide appropriate assistance.  Once we have any tangible information to share, we will post on this website.

Until we see you again stay safe, stay healthy and reminisce about fishing on Lac Seul. We would love to see your favorite pictures.

GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT...... CHANGE COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN.......  AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE


March-21-2021

The Canada-US Border will remain closed until March 21st, with possibility of extension. All non-essential travel will be turned away from all land border crossings, regardless if the individual has a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination at this time. CBSA and Minister Blair have also confirmed that all international travel restrictions (testing and quarantine requirements) will remain in place until April 31st, 2021, with possibility of extension. President Biden also introduced orders which require all international travellers entering/returning to the US to have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure in addition to mandatory quarantine.

There is no timeline as to when the Canada-USA border may re-open to leisure travel. CBSA has also confirmed that all international travel restrictions will remain in place until April 31st, with   possibility of extension.

In the case of the new travel restrictions/requirements, non-essential travelers that may be permitted to enter Canada via a land border crossing has not changed. This is a list of non-essential travelers that may be permitted to enter: Snowbirds or travelling Canadian residents who are returning to Canada American business owners with a valid work permit, so long as their business is deemed essential. Residents of North Angle, MN (Lake of the Woods area) Parents with dependent children who share custody, who live on separate sides of the border Compassionate/caregiver cases CBSA has made it clear that any American currently seeking entry to Canada for non-essential purposes (i.e. leisure, recreation, weddings, visits, upkeep of property, etc.) will be turned away immediately, regardless if they have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours and/or a vaccine card.

Please know that we, along with our colleagues, are demanding that our government give us clear direction and information on the status of the border opening for the 2021 season. We can not operate on a month to month basis as was expected of us in 2020. This is especially not fair to our guests who if not able to come to Canada need time to make alternate plans in their home country. We will not book our cabins in the event that the border does open. Our guests have priority.

ONAWAY IS ONCE AGAIN OFFERING THOSE GUESTS WHO ARE BOOKED IN FOR 2021 BUT UNABLE TO COME DUE TO THE BORDER CLOSURE TO CARRY THEIR RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT THROUGH TO 2022. WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE REFUNDS. IF WE ARE PROVIDED THE  FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM OUR GOVERNMENT TO REFUND DEPOSITS EACH GUEST THAT WANTS TO CANCEL THEIR RESERVATION WILL HAVE THE DEPOSIT RETURNED