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Playland will not reopen on May 1 due to COVID-19 travel concerns

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Playland has announced that it will not reopen May 1 in an effort to support the provincial circuit breaker in the wake of soaring COVID-19 cases. Photo: PNE/Playland/Facebook

Playland has announced that it will not reopen on May 1 in an effort to support the provincial circuit breaker in the wake of soaring coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

The amusement park was slated to open May 1 but organizers have decided to remain closed until after the May Long weekend. In discussions with the Provincial Health Office, concerns were raised about people travelling outside of their regional health authorities to visit the park. 

While it has agreed to remain closed, Playland added that it had a "strong safety plan supported by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)" as well as "confidence in our ability to provide a safe outdoor experience for local families."

Playland added that "We are looking forward to opening to our park to guests following the May long weekend."

Playland planned to reopen May 1

Playland said it would have an enhanced list of safety precautions to ensure the health and safety of all visitors and staff. Further, the park said it would be operating with significantly reduced capacities, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and masks will be required on rides and in all queue lines.

Visitors were also asked not to travel outside of their local health authority in compliance with the public health orders.