With every big gathering and fair shutting its doors for social distancing, you'd think this giant annual fair would be following along. But through everything, the PNE is still happening, for now. While a ton of their major events might be cancelled, they're working hard to keep some things still running.
"When the time is right, we will be ready to welcome the province back in ways that makes sense for all our health and safety," wrote the PNE in a statement.
The traditional fair is most likely cancelled, but PNE CEO Shelley Frost told CTV News that a modified version of the fair is a bare minimum for them.
"It could look like a drive-thru experience. It could like a number of different things. It certainly would never be on the scale that it normally is," continued Frost.
Frost didn't expand on this, but their open letter to British Columbians released on Sunday, April 19 says that they'll "monitor progress and work with government officials."
It seems, for now, the 110-year-old fair might still go on but it will look different.
"Stay tuned, the events may be smaller, and protocols may be different, but we have a few bright ideas up our sleev… https://t.co/SzzBADVtHW— PNE / Playland & Events (@PNE / Playland & Events)1587248265.0
We reached out to PNE for comment. This article will be updated.
Their annual fair is the biggest ticketed event in the province, drawing in tens of thousands of people a day.
You can find anything from rollercoasters to concerts to spooky haunted houses there, given the time of year.
But most importantly of all, their mini donuts are the absolute bomb.
@sarahkirby_yung @PNE_Playland We love it for the classic eats and jousting. Then....shopping for a new hat for mom… https://t.co/klvKP10eHY— Jody Vance (@Jody Vance)1587405830.0
However, the province isn't so confident things will work out.
"Things like the PNE are not likely to happen this year," said B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Saturday, April 18.
"Realistically, we will not be having those big events where people gather together this summer. That is a much riskier prospect than ever before," she continued.
We will be the place where BC will come together again - to laugh, clap, cheer, sing, ride and scream through the l… https://t.co/vR1JVlcm78— PNE / Playland & Events (@PNE / Playland & Events)1587249729.0
According to its website, Playland has also delayed its opening to July.
"Stay tuned, the events may be smaller, and protocols may be different, but we have a few bright ideas up our sleeve for when the time is right."