Snowmobiling is not off-limits during lockdown as OFSC encourages local riding

Trails and grooming operations allowed during provincial shutdown

While ski hills in Ontario are closed to comply with lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the government said “trails servicing snowmobiles will be allowed to remain open.”

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) said on its website that being allowed to remain open allows the OFSC to proceed with trail and grooming operations.

“Snowmobilers are strongly encouraged to stay home and if they do ride, they need to be mindful of several other important factors related to the pandemic,” according to the organization’s website.

The OFSC says when trails are in the Orange, Red or Grey Zones, trail riding will be local in keeping with public health restrictions. The organization has implemented Flex Trail options for local riding.

With many businesses closed, snowmobilers are being told they may not have normal access to food services along the trails, and it’s likely all unattended buildings and washrooms including outhouses and warm up shelters on the trails will be closed with no access to riders. The OFSC says rigorous cleaning and sanitization protocols cannot be achieved frequently enough by volunteers as is required by public health measures.

OFSC trails connecting to another province or state will remain closed.

Most trails in the province are closed. As of Sunday morning, there was limited trail availability southeast of London and north of Timmins.

The lockdown began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and will be in effect for the entire province until Jan. 9. After that, lockdown measures will continue in southern Ontario including Simcoe Muskoka.

Have a look:  Interactive Trail Guide