A summer trip to Playland and the Fair at the PNE may not be part of British Columbians’ plans this year, but there is some good news.
Starting July 10, Playland will reopen in phases, starting with 10-12 rides.
Social-distancing measures will be in place, and admission will include a mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The PNE will be a drive-thru event that will still include favourites such as the Superdogs and agriculture exhibits. Dates have not yet been announced.
Back in April, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said organizers of large outdoor events should think about alternatives as physical-distancing measures continued to be in effect.
That prompted PNE organizers to pause plans to open as usual in the last two weeks of August, and rethink how the popular event that brings in $85 million in revenue a year could still take place.
Next week, the PNE will host a drive-through Canada Day celebration, with a twist.
The parade will be a reverse parade this year, where families are encouraged to wear red and white and decorate their cars to drive along the parade route, instead of crowding along the route and watching various floats and marchers go by.