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BC Lions prepare to play this summer, despite COVID-19 restrictions

Last Updated May 4, 2021 at 4:36 pm PDT

BC Lions are preparing to play this summer, with president Rick LeLacheur saying they can safely reduce crowds. (Courtesy BC Lions)
Summary

BC Lions President Rick LeLacheur believes they can safely play by reducing crowds and opening BC Place's roof

Dr. Bonnie Henry said there is not likely to be any major events this summer

Henry recognizes how important events are, 'that we're missing so much'

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The BC Lions are moving ahead with plans to play this summer, despite Dr. Bonnie Henry suggesting there won’t be big events this summer due to COVID-19.

The president of the BC Lions, Rick LeLacheur, believes they can safely reduce their crowds to about 4,500 people.

BC Place is also able to open its roof – effectively becoming an outdoor stadium.

“That of course gets far greater air circulation going,” LeLacheur said, adding “It’s a pretty big building, as you know, there’s a lot of space.”

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On Monday, Henry said it’s not likely big events of any sort, even outdoors, will be allowed this summer.

“But I can see many situations where we could have smaller, distanced, outdoor events this summer, with perhaps hundreds of people,” she said.

Looking to other similar jurisdictions to determine what might be possible in B.C., Henry pointed to a recent event in the U.K. where they tested physical distancing measures.

“We’re looking at, is there ways that we can do things like that here, recognizing how important some of these festivals, and arts events and cultural events that we’re missing so much? But there will not be big events where there’s lots of crowds of people this summer,” Henry said.

With files from Jonathan Szekeres and Hana Mae Nassar