Campbell River, BC – Strathcona Gardens staff continue to monitor the information and guidelines provided by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), viaSport and the British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association (BCRPA) to ensure the health and safety of staff and the public. Staff are currently working with the authorities listed above to find solutions to provide a safe environment for the hosting of mass gatherings, such as the Campbell River Storm VIJHL hockey games.
To date, the directive from the Provincial Public Health Office is that a maximum of 50 people under the mass gathering order would be permitted for a single event. This directive is echoed by both the BCRPA and viaSport.
By abiding to the Provincial mandate, Strathcona Gardens are adhering to the mass gathering order for all events. Staff will continue to work collaboratively with user groups to provide solutions for a gradual safe expansion in compliance with all orders and remain in constant communication with other Vancouver Island recreation facilities that are experiencing similar challenges.
“As a long time Storm fan who looks forward to ‘Friday Night Lights at the Brindy’, I hope we can work through the provincial regulations and authorities to enable a gradual re-opening so that the best fans in the VIJHL can once again cheer on our team” says Strathcona Gardens Commission Chair Andy Adams.
To exceed these provincial orders can potentially put the re-opening of the entire facility at risk. Together with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture along with viaSport and BCRPA, staff await direction and clarity from the PHO regarding interpretation of the mass gathering order and how it pertains to sporting events.
Should facility operators be informed differently about the mass gathering order, it’s the local governments who are then charged with managing capacity numbers based on facility design, staff resourcing, and the numerous other unique characteristics found within venues. It must be recognized that the application of any order will not be equal in all environments, as all facilities are different throughout the province.
Strathcona Gardens staff realize that ever-evolving change is challenging for all parties involved and standard interpretations make navigation difficult. Staff continue to look at viable options and solutions to work within the order mandate to allow the hosting of competitive play, such as a Campbell River Storm hockey game.
For more information, the official Provincial Public Health mass gathering order can be found at www2.gov.bc.ca and www.viaSport.ca. Strathcona Gardens will continue to keep the public informed and COVID-19 updates, safety plans and additional information can be found at www.strathconagardens.com/covid-19.