Whistler Blackcomb closes for three weeks due to Covid cluster

Whistler. Photo: Shutterstock/EB Adventure

British Columbia health officials in Canada are implementing a three week circuit breaker lockdown with dining, fitness and worship restrictions after recording 2518 new Covid cases in the last three days. The province recorded 936 new cases on Saturday alone.

The provincial health organisation has revealed contact tracing transmissions directly linked to travel within the province, including ski trips to Whistler during the March break.

The resort will, at this stage, close from March 30 until April 19, while non essential travel has also been discouraged. The cluster that is causing some concern is the P1 variant from Brazil.

“We’re starting to see cases increase again in that community [Whistler], particularly in the last week with the more worrisome cluster of the P1 Brazil variant of concern,” said Dr Henry at the public health briefing on Monday Vancouver time.

“We’ve also seen transmission from travel to and from other communities across B.C. from the Whistler area. As part of this we will be closing the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort.”

More to come.

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