Cottage-goers can start packing their bags. The provincial government announced on June 4 that short term rentals, including Ontario cottage rentals, will resume operations on Friday, June 5 at 12:01 a.m. This move will allow Ontarians to travel up north to visit the great outdoors this summer.

According to the Ontario government, lodges, cabins, cottages and B&Bs will be some of the rentals that will now be available for Ontarians this summer. 

This is a step forward as the government continues to work towards reopening the province

“This follows actions to slowly reopen businesses and resume activities across the province, including the re-opening of provincial parks for day use, the gradual reintroduction of backcountry camping at provincial parks, and the re-opening of marinas and golf courses,” a Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing spokesperson told Narcity.

Despite the good news, Ford’s government is reminding operators and guests to continue practicing social distancing.

Owners of these rentals should ensure that they are following tourism safety guidelines before opening their doors to guests. 

Cottage-goers are reminded to wear face masks and wash hands frequently in areas where physical distancing is a challenge.

“Our government will continue to proceed cautiously and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and the province will continue to make decisions with health and safety of people as the top priority,” the statement concluded.

Other short-term rentals in this list include homes and condominiums.

The lifting of rental restrictions comes on the heels of several other positive announcements.

On May 11, Ontario Provincial Parks officially reopened for one-day use.

However, it was announced that backcountry camping will also be allowed at Ontario parks starting June 1.

Provincial home goods stores including Winners, Ikea and HomeSense have also recently reopened their doors to the public.

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