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Whistler Blackcomb reopens for the summer on Monday

Whistler Blackcomb reopens after COVID-19 shutdown
After shutting down in March, Whistler Blackcomb has reopened as part of its COVID-19 recovery but as Grace Ke reports, it's far from business as usual at the international tourist destination.

Whistler Blackcomb resumes operations for the summer season on Monday, as the province starts to reopen under Phase 3 of its COVID-19 economy restart program.

Resorts and properties will be open again, with guidelines around physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and employee health screenings and safety training.

The new summer experience in Whistler
The new summer experience in Whistler

Guests will be required to wear face coverings in some areas, such as when loading and unloading chairlifts, in lineups, in gondolas, and in indoor resort facilities.

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The main activities will be sightseeing and mountain biking, with the gondolas all in operation.

All staff will be required to wear a face covering.

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The Whistler Mountain Bike Park will also open, with the Fitz and Garbanzo zones.

Capacity of chairlifts and gondolas will be reduced to allow for physical distancing.

Hand-sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the resort.

The resort took the unprecedented move of shutting down operations for the rest of the ski season in mid-March as the coronavirus took hold around the world.

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