Update – May 11th, 2021
After much deliberation, we have made the decision to remain closed until June 1st. We have taken this additional measure of remaining closed for a few extra weeks because we are committed to the well-being of our staff, families, and Wild Islands Coast communities, and we are also committed to the greater cause of taming the current COVID-19 outbreak in Nova Scotia. We understand this decision means disappointment for many and we are very sorry for the inconvenience it causes.
We are aware and understand that the current provincial and municipal restrictions legally allow travel within municipal boundaries (e.g. people living within HRM can travel within HRM, https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/#travel-within-nova-scotia). However, just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. The above linked web page clearly states, “If you live in a large municipality (like Halifax Regional Municipality), your community is considered to be no further away from your home than you need to travel to access essential products and services (like the closest grocery store or gas station).” From this, it is clear that we should all limit unnecessary travel and remain as close to home as reasonably possible in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
We are hopeful that Nova’s Scotia’s current restrictions and ongoing vaccine rollout will curb the spread of COVID-19 in short order so we can all get back to “normal” quickly and enjoy the summer.
In short, here’s what this means for Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean and its guests.
- We will remain closed to all guests and visitors until the end of May. Our office will remain closed for in person visits. You may continue to contact us via email, phone, etc…
- We will not take new bookings for reservation dates within May, but we will continue to take reservations for June 1st onward. Our cancellation policy remains unchanged from last year and we will continue to issue full refunds for any cancellations that are initiated by us (e.g. such as this notice) and for those that test positive or otherwise must self-isolate due to COVID-19.
- We are cancelling all reservations up to and including May 31st. We will contact all guests who have a reservation booked in May and discuss options for re-scheduling later in the season or to issue a full refund.
- Seasonal guests are prohibited from staying overnight at the campground in May. A refund for the missed nights will be determined and issued accordingly. Contactless appointments may be made in advance for moving trailers to and from the campground. Call or email to make arrangements.
This past year and the present lockdown has been difficult on all of us and we know that some camping would be very much enjoyed right now. Unfortunately, we feel remaining closed just a bit longer is the responsible action to take at this time. We appreciate your understanding.
Are we taking new reservations?
Yes, we are accepting reservations. You can request a reservation online by visiting https://www.murphyscamping.ca/online-bookings/ or by calling 902-772-2700. We require that all of our guests follow the travel advisories and self-isolation requirements set forth by the provincial health authorities.
Has our cancellation policy been adjusted for COVID-19?
Our cancellation policy remains the same as before, which is quite flexible. You can read our complete deposits and cancellation policy here: https://www.murphyscamping.ca/deposits-and-cancellation-policy/
What are we doing to limit the spread of COVID-19?
Murphy’s Camping is following the guidance and orders provided by public health, which can be found online at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ and we are following the guidance for Nova Scotia private campgrounds.
We are taking all precautions necessary to keep our guests, employees, family, and local community safe. Camping, in general, is a more physically distant experience than many other recreational activities. However, there are a few activities at Murphy’s which have required some adjustments to limit any potential spread of COVID-19. (e.g. our communal campfires, mussel boils, morning coffee, etc…) We are currently working to offer these services to the best of our abilities while operating in a safe manner in accordance with public health directives.
As a business that was founded closer in date to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic than the present day pandemic, we’re confident in our ability to bounce back from the impacts that COVID-19 is having locally and around the world.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Stay safe!
-Ryan Murphy, Owner of Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean