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City Allows Temporary Exemption for RV Usage to Support Self-Isolation

Post Date:03/31/2020 10:35 AM

Medicine Hat – In order to enable individuals to self-isolate near family support, a temporary interpretation of existing rules will be implemented until further notice. Residents will now be permitted to use recreational vehicles (RVs) for self-isolation purposes. 
“The City is exploring creative ways to help residents get through this challenging event,” says Kent Snyder, General Manager of Planning and Development Services. “We recognize that this is a small gesture, but it may ease the burden for some families.”

The following restrictions will still apply:

  • The RV cannot block, obstruct or impede other vehicles on a highway (road).  For example, RV/Trailer with slide must be positioned so that the slide does not face the road. It can face the sidewalk.
  • Most RVs are only self-sufficient for 3 or 4 days until tanks fill up or batteries run down.  RV owners should have a plan for emptying tanks that does not involve draining them in the public street, storm sewer or into a park or environmental reserve. 
  • RV/Trailer propane tanks and gasoline generators pose a potential fire hazard risk.  As such, use of external propane tanks and gasoline generators will not be allowed.  Electrical extension cords will be allowed for power and heat; however, users should endeavour to limit cables and hoses on sidewalk surfaces.
  • RV’s cannot be rented out for self-isolation purposes.
  • The intent is for RV use during self-isolation only. Once there is no longer a need for RV/Trailer use for isolation, the bylaw restrictions will apply and any non-compliance will be subject to fines.

The City reserves the right to inspect any RV/Trailer parked on a city road to check compliance with applicable legislation.

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