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White Rock pier, promenade to remain open, despite crowds

Last Updated Apr 22, 2021 at 9:59 am PDT

FILE: The pier re-opened on Aug. 27, 2019 after months of repairs. (Kurtis Doering/NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Special meetings were held this week over concern of spread of COVID-19

White Rock's pier was crowded last weekend, despite doctors and politicians urging people to stay close to home

Mayor said very few people were wearing masks last weekend

WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) – Despite people flocking to White Rock’s pier and promenade to take in the waterfront sights last weekend, city council has decided against closing or limiting access to the area.

Special meetings were held this week due to concern about the spread of COVID-19 when the area gets crowded.

On Monday, Mayor Darryl Walker said it was possible for council to decide to close the pier, the promenade and/or the parking lots.

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Thousands of people went to the community last weekend. According to Walker, very few were wearing masks.

While we’re allowed to go outside with some people who aren’t in our immediate household, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said that doesn’t mean we should.

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Wednesday evening’s decision to keep the pier, promenade, and parking lots open comes as welcome news for businesses struggling with the impact of COVID-19 and restrictions placed on restaurants.

With files from Tim James