Whistler Blackcomb put public safety first, require a vaccine certificate to ski and ride.

Whistler Blackcomb put public safety first, require a vaccine certificate to ski and ride.

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John Konig started this petition to rkatz@vailresorts.com and

The campaign is changing tactics. We ask all of our supporters to copy, paste and send the letter below to Dr. Bonnie Henry and copy Minister Dix, and Premier Horgan. Please feel free to make any changes to improve the letter. Their email addresses are: bonnie.henry@gov.bc.ca, HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca, premier@gov.bc.ca

Thank you for your continued support.

To:      Dr. Bonnie Henry - Provincial Medical Officer, British Columbia

CC:      Adrian Dix - Health Minister, British Columbia

CC:      John Horgan - Premier, British Columbia

We all know that you are extremely busy dealing with the Delta variant driven fourth wave, but please take time to consider this very important Covid 19 safety protocol; Make vaccine certificates mandatory to access ski resorts that operate gondolas. The petition for this change now has about 6,800 signatures.

Riding a gondola at full capacity in the winter is nothing like a summer sightseeing trip. There's a lot of pressure to upload. Singles take every available space. Physical distancing is measured in inches rather than feet. Contact tracing will be impossible.

The majority of skiers/riders will not be wearing masks because neck tubs and scarves are permitted. They are often soggy from heavy breathing and not worn properly over the nose. They don't offer much protection, if any at all. You are not supposed to eat and drink in a gondola but many people do. Down comes the face covering. The small windows are often frozen shut eliminating all ventilation.

Gondola rides are not just a few minutes. The Whistler village gondola ride to the top is 25 minutes. In stormy conditions, which happens quite frequently, the ride will be much longer. Gondolas stop, sometimes for quite a while, or they are forced to operate at slower speeds in strong winds.

Whistler community, our small businesses, and most of our jobs are dependent on Whistler Blackcomb staying open. Covid 19 forced early closures for the last two winter seasons. The 2nd year we were wearing face coverings in line ups, on lifts, and gondolas. We were riding chairlifts and gondolas only with family members or alone. The more contagious Delta variant hadn't arrived. And yet we still had to close early because of a major Covid 19 outbreak.

The big difference this year is that the highly infectious Delta variant now has a firm grip. BC's current active case numbers and deaths are significantly worse than this time last year. The other big difference is that we have vaccines that offer some protection. Yet the decision is that it's not necessary to use one of the most effective weapons we have to fight the pandemic.

The goal is not to prevent people from skiing but to encourage everyone to get a vaccine so that we can all enjoy skiing and riding more safely. British Columbians who have always followed provincial guidelines, got their vaccines as soon as they were available are now expected to cram into a small, confined, poorly ventilated space with the unvaccinated. That's not right or safe but it's the only choice we're given if we want to enjoy a day on the mountain with our families. 

Vail Resorts has stated that it will only make the change if required by the public health authority. So, it's up to you to do the right thing.

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