Vancouver (News 1130) – One of the most popular summer attractions and the largest employers in Vancouver are not hiring as many people as they normally do this year.
PNE opened the playland through a phased approach this weekend, but due to the Cavid-19 it has an attraction and a short time.
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Inaugurating the fair is a good step in the right direction, said Shelley Frost, CEO of PNE, who usually doesn’t have as much trouble bringing in as many people as they bring.
“We have about 4,300 people at our summer highs. He will allow us to bring back hundreds of people as he opens the playland with even a little power and phased zoning,” he told News 1130. “It doesn’t allow us to bring back thousands of people.”
Frost says that while the situation is not perfect, it is still a step towards “a normal activity.”
Playland alone is responsible for at least 500 jobs.
Currently, the amusement park is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, although Frost said they are keeping an eye on the operating day and a few hours to go around August.
Statistics Canada’s latest figures show that BC’s unemployment rate was 13 per cent in June, a significant increase from 4.5 per cent in January.
– With files from Tim James and Hannah Mae Nasser