This week ZipZone joined several other recreational facilities in the area in announcing they’ll be opening up for the season this weekend.
As many stores, salons and restaurants remain closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the decision of some golf courses and other recreational facilities to open for the season has some people questioning if this is the right time.
“We know that opening our park may be controversial to some but getting out into the sunshine is the most healthful thing that people can do right now, and we’re here to help,” ZipZone president Kevin Bennett said in a press release sent today.
Although securing guests into their harnesses requires some physical contact, Bennett says they are going over and above what is required.
“I sent an email to one of the government agencies and the response that he got back from them is that as long as we follow the WHO recommendations and also the workplace safety recommendations, we’re fine, and so that’s what we’re going to be doing,” Bennett told the View.
“With the recent lockdowns, we know that people will be going stir crazy and will need a place to get into the sunshine, and so ZipZone has pulled out all the stops to get our park ready for the public to enjoy, starting April 18,” Bennett said.
Bennett says the safety of their staff and guests is paramount and ZipZone will be implementing the following safety precautions:
- Staff and guests will have their temperature checked before they enter the park;
- Visits to the park will be limited to small tour groups;
- Mandatory handwashing before the tour starts;
- Mandatory sneeze guards such as a mask, scarf or bandana;
- Hand sanitizer stations throughout the park;
- A distance greeting (the ZipZone Wai); and
- Maintaining of social distancing.
Bennett is also cautioning guests to avoid the downtown area of Peachland because the community has a large population of elderly people.
Access to the park is directly off the highway and there is no need to go into Peachland proper, he added.
“Please give our elders the space they need. ZipZone is leading the way in carefully re-opening our lives and country. Together we can beat this thing,” Bennett said. “CV is not going to suddenly disappear in a few weeks, it is here for good, and what we have to do is find a way to live with it safely. We need anti-transmission measures that provide protection for the vulnerable while supporting the health and livelihoods of the younger generations.”
The adventure park will be offering discounts for health care and emergency services personnel.