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Public Health Update:
The government of Ontario has initiated a provincewide shutdown from Dec 26 to Jan 22 that will seriously affect us all. North Ridge Ranch is closed due to this shutdown as “no organized guiding or touring services” are permitted. We continue to monitor and review all government announcements and protocols to ensure that when the time is right that we will be able to open safely again this winter.
At this point we have reached out to all our customers during the shutdown period to make adjustments to their reservations as needed. We are reviewing our own protocols and beefing them up so we can meet and exceed government requirements for what a Covid-19 safe outdoor, recreational activity can look like after the provincewide shutdown. We are in regular contact with government officials, tourism partners/advocates and our health unit to make sure that we are adhering to all regulations and not putting our family, our customers and our community at risk. The continued patience, understanding and kindness of our customers and tourism partners has been invaluable to our overall mental health and optimistic outlook during this time of uncertainty and disappointment.
North Ridge Ranch mindfully made adaptations and changes to our business model for 2020/21 to proactively plan for possible changes with Covid-19 throughout the winter with regards to the original Framework that the government set out to deal with Covid-19. We were well prepared for all levels of Covid-19 from green to grey, but a complete provincewide shutdown has brought us to a standstill. We are in a holding pattern as we anxiously await new government announcements in the days to come.
Dogsledding at North Ridge Ranch is a fresh air experience that is enjoyed in small group numbers, where social distancing can be done. We have top notch tracking, enforcement and regulations in place, which far exceed any government entities and amenities that are currently still in operation eg. Ontario Provincial Parks. It seems very unfair and a clear conflict of interest that our government has shut us down, whilst still pulling income in the understaffed and under regulated parks system…..our hands are tied through regulation…not logical reasoning. Small, businesses have continued to be hit the hardest during this Covid-19 pandemic and we hope that fellow citizens of our province will take the time during their isolation to reach out to their local government representatives to express their concern with how the province is unfairly and inefficiently dealing with this health crisis.
Our protocols are all currently under review and once we have re-established them again they will be reposted. Our protocols are dynamic and always subject to change as the state of Covid-19 in our province is continuously evolving.
The winter of 2020/21 will be our first time operating with Covid-19 protocols, so please be patient with us. If you notice anything or have any feedback for us around what we are doing, please kindly let us know what we should consider to improve via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and please be kind and patient with each other. Stay home, stay safe & help stop the spread of Covid-19!
North Ridge Ranch | Huntsville, Muskoka, Ontario | 705-788-2828
Huntsville, Muskoka, On | 705-788-2828