KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) – Several seasonal staff members no longer work at Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna as it grapples with dozens of new COVID-19 cases that started with a large party more than two weeks ago.
The resort tells NEWS 1130, some people were fired last week while three others were let go in just the last 24 hours. They were terminated for breaching Big White’s Social Responsibility Contract.
There are at least 60 confirmed cases of the virus at Big White after contact tracing and testing began almost a week ago, following a party with roughly 20-25 people in attendance on Nov. 28.
(Another) UPDATE: @BigWhite says a few people (incl. three in the last 24 hrs.) have been fired for not following their “Social Responsibility Contract.” The resort is working w/@Interior_Health to find rooms possibly on the or in Kelowna for those infected. @NEWS1130 https://t.co/DVFDNCdJV1
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) December 16, 2020
The resort is now scrambling to find appropriate housing for those who are infected, as many share accommodations. “We are working with Interior Health … and should be in the position to allocate rooms possibly on the mountain or in Kelowna,” says Michael J. Ballingall with Big White.
The Interior Health Authority previously confirmed the transmission was linked to large households and social gatherings. “This highlights the importance of limiting social activities and following COVID-19 protocols when indoors,” it said in a statement.
Everyone who’s affected is in self-isolation and Ballinghall admits staff are stressed out.
Under public health rules, that have been in place for weeks, social gatherings are restricted to only those within a household and if you live alone, then those who are in your bubble.
As of now, the current ski season is not being impacted.