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Staying close to home this summer might not be so bad after all.

After originally banning tubing on Cowichan River for the entire season, the Town of Lake Cowichan has officially rescinded their order.

The rationale for issuing the ban in the first place was that the popular summer activity attracts hundreds of people to the town every day.

However the company that sells the tubs has been informed that they will be allowed to operate this year after all with new guidelines in place.

“After working closely with the town council, we have come up with a Covid-19 plan for The Tube Shack that both sides are happy with and we are extremely excited that we will be opening on June 27th,” said owner Aaron Frisby in a statement.

This summer, tubers hoping to ride the Cowichan River will need to book their time slots ahead of time on the company’s website when they launch operations on June 27.

There will be a limit of 20 tubers released on the river every half an hour, and all tubes will have to be cleaned and transported in a separate vehicle from passengers at the end of their journey.

“With customers booking online, we will be more than prepared for their arrival, have equipment ready for them as soon as they get to The Tube Shack, with minimum interaction with our staff and eliminating lineups all together,” adds Frisby.

The business has also reduced their shuttle capacity in half and will not be able to offer shuttle-only service for customers bringing their own tubes.

While staff won’t be able to hold on to car keys for customers as they float, the Tube Shack has ordered a large number of drybags that will allow people to store their belongings and strap them on to their tubes.