(Island View beach/Photo by Murray Sharratt Photography)

The Capital Regional District has announced plans to reopen campgrounds at Regional Parks on June 5 with new guidelines and procedures in place.

According to a statement on Wednesday, online registration for the campground at Island View Beach will open this Friday, May 29.

However the group fire ring at Island View Beach Campground will be closed as per local municipal rules, there are no fires allowed on the beach.

Meanwhile camping at Sooke Potholes and Jordan River regional parks will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Regular camping capacity has been reduced from seven people to six in order to better comply with physical distancing guidelines.

In their announcement, the CRD echoes public health officials’ guidelines for people to stay close to home while camping this summer, but avoid leaving the house altogether if they’re feeling sick.

The CRD will continue to have a more visible presence in the parks to encourage responsible parks usage by educating visitors about social distancing, monitoring visitor use and continuing to enforce park bylaws,” reads the statement.

Campers are asked to bring cleaning kits with them to wipe down amenities, like picnic tables, near their campsites.