52% Of Ontario Lodges Might Not Open This Year Due To COVID-19

On last weekend’s show, we had Ted Putnam, Owner Of Hawk Lake Lodge. He mentioned to us a survey that was published by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), saying that about 52% of Ontario lodges might not open this year due to COVID-19. We are joined by Beth Potter, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) to talk about this survey.

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  1. Coming down the pipe, a local news source seems to be taking this Corona Virus thingy in stride with a some well documented warnings for Anglers when it comes to the Walleye opener this year.

    CBC News · Posted: May 15, 2020 4:00 PM ET

    Opening walleye weekend is here, but it will be a little different this year. Thousands of anglers across the northwest will be heading out to catch walleye this weekend. O.M.N.R.F. says conservation officers will be on patrol but physical distancing is required.

    It is both the long weekend, and the opening weekend for walleye angling in most of the northwest of Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (O.M..NR.F.) has said that currently, fishing and hunting remain open in Ontario and all rules and regulations are in effect.

    n a written statement, the O.M.N.R.F. said Conservation officers will be patrolling and protecting the natural resources during the COVID-19 outbreak and will enforce rules and regulations under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act as well as the Emergency Order prohibiting recreational camping on Crown land.

    The O.M.N.R.F. said boaters and anglers in Ontario should also be cautious as water temperatures are very cold this year. Mandatory safety equipment in your boat should be inspected and refreshed before launching it for the first time. Anglers should also confirm the presence of a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (P.F.D.) for everyone on board before leaving the launch and always wear your P.F.D. when out on the water . The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters said people should feel free to go fishing at this time and enjoy the opening weekend.

    Lauren Tonelli is a resource management specialist with the O.F.A.H. She said there are no rules limiting how far you can drive to go fishing, but Tonelli says people should be mindful of limiting contact on the way. “The province is still recommending that people stay as local as possible,” she said.”If you do need to travel a distance to reach a lake that you are hoping is isolated, it’s recommended you try to make as few stops as possible. Don’t go out of your way to make any stops.”

    The O.M.N.R.F. said if you are approached by a conservation officer you will see they are practicing physical distancing. A conservation officer will guide you with what his/her expectations are such as placing your licence in a position where it can be inspected without coming in contact, placing a firearm or hunting equipment in an instructed location and stepping back or stepping back while a document is read, or fish inspected.

    *Before stepping outside, all Ontario residents are reminded to:
    *Check for local restrictions on outdoor areas.
    *Practice physical distancing, and stay two metres from other people.
    *Do not gather in groups greater than five people while hiking, fishing, or hunting.

    To report a natural resources violation, call the M.N.R.F. TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.

    You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously.

    Rules are rules Ladies and Gentlemen. Anglers who free wheel themselves into oblivion will have more than just the Conservation Officer to worry about. The Corona Virus likes to go fishing to ! Don’t be a DOOFUS !

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