The PNE says select rides will open in the first phase on July 10, and then more rides will open up later.
It may look a little different, but you can still get your roller coaster thrills this summer.
The Playland Amusement Park will reopen next month in phases with COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols in place, the Pacific National Exhibition announced Thursday.
The announcement comes a day after the provincial government said it was entering Phase 3 of B.C.’s COVID-19 pandemic reopening plan.
The PNE says up to a dozen of the popular rides will open July 10 in the first phase and then more rides will open up later. The exhibition says it will work with health authorities to ensure staff are following all pandemic-related safety protocols.
Playland attendees will receive a “fun” face mask with their ticket purchase, the PNE said.
The Fair at the PNE is also expected to partially open in August. It will be a drive-through experience that will include Fair favourites such as the Superdogs.
PNE president Shelley Frost said staff were saddened when they announced on April 18 that the PNE Fair wasn’t going to happen this year.
However, she said they have found a way to continue, albeit in a very different manner.
“So today, on behalf of the entire PNE family, I am proud to announce that while things need to be different… they don’t have to stop. We want to keep providing you a way to connect, have fun and enjoy the summer.”
On Canada Day, the PNE will host a drive-through celebration and a live Canada Day parade.
“We’ve designed it to be COVID-safe as a ‘reverse’ Parade where we encourage families to wear red and white and decorate their cars with flags and Canadian-themed items,” said Frost.
Driver can pre-order PNE snacks such as corn dogs, hot dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade, cotton candy and poutine. The cost is $10 per car to support concessionaires.
Premier John Horgan announced Wednesday that the third phase of the province’s restart plan is a go, allowing for hotels, resorts, and entertainment venues like movies theatres to reopen, and for TV and film production to resume production.
Businesses and residents are asked to follow physical distancing protocols, including wearing a mask when distancing is not possible, and ensuring regular washing of hands.
On Wednesday, the province reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 between noon Tuesday and noon Wednesday, and one additional death.
-With a file from Stephanie Ip
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