The plan for Playland to open this weekend amid provincial travel and gathering restrictions has triggered a barrage of backlash online, with people expressing their anger, frustration, and confusion.
So much so, that Playland was trending on Twitter Tuesday morning.
3 million in Lower Mainland, anyone in Canada can attend Playland but I can’t go to the island to see my parents? It’s #Whistler ski season all over again. @DrBonnieHenry this is why people aren’t following guidelines it’sconstant mixed messages#bcndp #newdeathparty #BC
— Kristy (@Kristy91808800) April 27, 2021
Opening Playland in the deadliest wave of the pandemic in a province that’s nowhere near fully vaccinated is bad optics at best. At worst? It’s a decision that puts BC lives in danger, strains the health care system even further, & threatens to undo any progress we have made. 7/
— Dr. Anna Wolak (@drawolak) April 27, 2021
Good morning to everyone who is not going to #Playland this weekend.
— tamalama (@tamalama67) April 27, 2021
Playland is opening…and offering GROUP discounts!? But its okay, if it becomes a hot spot in a few weeks, carnies can just be prioritized ahead of teachers, firefighters & cops. pic.twitter.com/qYsuEyXtGk
— Ray Bernoties (@ray_oak) April 27, 2021
Opening Playland is a slap in the face to all of us who have not seen our family in a year , nurses , doctors and workers on the front line and all of those who have lost loved ones to covid . We need you to close more places where people gather not open them .
— wendi bloomenthal (@wendibloomenth1) April 27, 2021
A couple hundred people gather on the beach and the government wants to hang them all. Hundreds or thousands gather at Playland and suddenly there is little to no risk. And the government doesn’t understand why they are being tuned out.🤦♂️ #amateurhour #bcpoli
— Curious George (@impishchimp) April 27, 2021
Can’t cross health authorities to see a couple family members in a safe way, but playland is a go? Seems fair.
— jenjen (@bc_jen_jen) April 27, 2021
A friend of mine has renamed #Playland
— Lindsay Brown (@Lidsville) April 23, 2021
Just learned that Dr. Henry is allowing the PNE to open Playland in May. What planet are we living on in British Columbia?
— elizabeth Lalonde 👩🏻🦯 (@elizabethlal) April 22, 2021
Asked if she had any concerns or thoughts around the reopening, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Monday that Vancouver Coastal Health is working with officials “to understand risks and benefits at this time, and we’ll be working with them over the next week.” She did not offer any further details.
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In announcing its opening plans, Playland said that amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it will be operating at a “significantly” reduced capacity, and COVID-19 health measures, including physical distancing and mask-wearing, will be in place. Enhanced cleaning procedures will be implemented as well.
“Playland will continue to make safety its top priority,” the park said in a statement. “Guests should comply with public health orders, and not travel outside of their local health authority.”