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COVID-19: Whistler Blackcomb aims for May 31 summer opening

Two day hikers in the Whistler Mountain alpine with Fitzsimmons, Overloard and Fissile mountains behind are shown in a handout photo.
Two day hikers in the Whistler Mountain alpine with Fitzsimmons, Overloard and Fissile mountains behind are shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Paul Morrison

One of B.C.’s premier tourist attractions has set a date to reopen for summer as B.C. begins relaxing COVID-19 restrictions.

Whistler Blackcomb is targeting May 31 for its summer launch.

The popular resort property was closed in March as B.C. rolled out its spring “circuit-breaker” amid a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The reopening will see lifts resume service for hikers accessing the alpine backcountry and for mountain bike trail riders.

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The Whistler Mountain Bike Park will also reopen.

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The plan will require visitors to wear masks in certain areas such as lift lineups and indoor areas and to maintain two metres distance form one another.

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Chairlift and gondola capacity have been reduced, and staff have installed plexiglass barriers in some areas.

Visitors will also be asked to stay home if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

B.C. announced its reopening plan on Tuesday, which calls for provincial travel restrictions to lift on June 15 at the earliest.

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