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Big White proceeding with an abundance of caution after COVID-19 concerns raised

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August 03, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Big White ski resort proceeding with an abundance of caution when it comes to COVID-19, and they’re already getting a chance to roll out their pandemic protocols.

In a statement posted to the resort’s social media channels, the resort’s senior vice president Michael J. Ballingall, said on Aug. 2, the staff was informed that a visitor to the mountain had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Upon further investigation, we were made aware that on Friday, July 31 this visitor may have come into contact with various staff at our on-mountain restaurant The Woods,” Ballingall said in the statement posted to the resort's social media.

“Our VP of Hospitality, Trevor Hanna, has been working closely with both Interior Health and the CDC to ensure that all necessary precautions and protocols are in place and we were quickly notified by Interior Health that the incubation period for said visitor had ended before they arrived at our resort.”

Despite the fact they had cleared the incubation period, to ensure the safety and peace of mind of mountain staff,  The Woods restaurant was closed so staff could be tested for COVID-19 and they could receive a result.

The Globe Cafe and Tapas bar also decided to close Sunday and Monday to allow its staff to sanitize and deep clean the cafe and service areas.

“It continues to be our priority at Big White Ski Resort to ensure, first and foremost, the health and safety of all guests, visiting friends and family, residents, and staff,” Ballingall said, adding they will continue updating the situation as it unfolds.

“Based on Dr. Henry’s recommendation, we continue to advocate for people to play outside and will ensure that our staff is taking all precautions to allow the community to continue to enjoy Super Natural British Columbia and Big White Ski Resort through these unique circumstances.”

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