Kevin Bennett said they will greet guests from a distance using the “ZipZone Wai”. (ZipZone Peachland)

Kevin Bennett said they will greet guests from a distance using the “ZipZone Wai”. (ZipZone Peachland)

Peachland’s ZipZone changes course, will remain closed amid pandemic

The park will delay its opening until further notice

ZipZone Peachland is choosing to remain closed until things clear up.

Originally, the zipline park was supposed to open on April 11, which was then pushed to April 18 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, the park posted on its site that it will delay its opening until further notice.

Peachland residents voiced their frustrations and concerns about the opening, saying there’s no way staff can keep their distance from people as they put safety belts on clients.

Previously, Bennett has said they wanted to help spread positivity and keep people active to help them deal with isolation.

“But getting out into the sunshine is the most healthful thing that people can do right now, and we’re here to help,” he said.

“COVID-19 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.”

Bennett said delaying the park’s opening was the right thing to do at this time, especially as the federal and provincial governments are extending the state of emergency.

“We really want to do our bit for the community, and I’m so proud of my staff for pulling out all the stops to get our park up and running, but we have to follow (the government’s) directions. Even though they will be disappointed, I think our guests will understand that,” he said.

He said medical experts need to come up with a graduated and practical response for different levels of risk.

“The elderly in enclosed spaces such as nursing homes are particularly vulnerable so we need a high level of protection for them, but younger, healthier people who just need to go to work or go shopping or go ziplining need a level of protection that is more practical.”

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Twila Amato
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