A report from The Guardian claims that British Columbia is the center of the world’s largest outbreak of the P1 coronavirus variant. Whistler Blackcomb accounted for almost 200 of the Province’s 877 cases. The P1 variant is highly contagious and is more fatal among younger people. It has been traced back to Brazil.
On Monday 29th March 2021, Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia (BC), Canada, was ordered to temporarily close until April 19th due to a spike in COVID-19 in the local community. This temporary closure then became permanent when Vail Resorts announced that the winter season at the resort was finished, with neither mountain reopening.
The arrival of the P1 variant, especially in such large numbers, has caught experts off-guard, and it is still unknown how the variant managed to spread. None of the first 84 cases in Whistler had traveled outside Canada. The variant has since spread to Alberta.
Big White and Revelstoke, two other resorts in British Columbia, also shut early due to covid-19 related reasons.
Summer skiing, scheduled to open on May 21st, is still expected to go ahead at Whistler Blackcomb.