Update: As of April 16, the operators of ZipZone Peachland have delayed the reopening. More details will be shared as they are made available.
ZipZone Peachland in interior British Columbia is planning to reopen its operation on April 18 following a shut down due to COVID-19.
In a media release, operators state they will exceed the safety recommendations set by the World Health Organization and WorkSafe B.C., including temperature checks for guests prior to entering, requiring visitors to wash hands, and setting up smaller groups led by a guide wearing a mask, bandana, or face shield. Hand sanitizer stations will be available around the park, and guides will be in place to enforce social distancing measures.
“We know that opening our park may be controversial to some but getting out into the sunshine is the most healthful thing that people can do right now, and we’re here to help,” ZipZone president Kevin Bennett said in the media release. “(COVID-19) is not going to suddenly disappear in a few weeks, it is here for good, and what we have to do is find a way to live with it safely.”
British Columbia has had a relatively low case count, 1,517 as of April 14. Of those, 941 are listed as “recovered.”