Vernon council has clarified the rules covering camping in city run parks, such as Polson.
The proposed bylaw would force people camping in a park to take down and pack-up their temporary shelter prior to 9 am the following day.
Camping will only be allowed if local shelters are full.
Mayor Akbal Mund says final approval and enforcement of the bylaw could start in mid August.
” I don’t think it’s going to be overly aggressive. They’ll pack up and they’ll get out. That’s as simple as it will be, right. We’ll see what they do after that. I don’t know.”
However, it doesn’t mean they have to actually get out of the park after 9 am
“You have to take down your shelter by 9am and cannot have anything that is existing in anything like a campsite. They can take it down, but they can carry it around.”
The city is also banning temporary shelters on sidewalks or boulevards.