A City of Surrey notice at Sunnyside Park in South Surrey advises people to stay away if they have any signs of COVID-19. (Tracy Holmes photo)

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

MAY 27: Sports groups call for prep and patience, safe business practices a focus of next town hall

Here’s the latest on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Wednesday, May 27. This will be updated as information becomes available:

• South Surrey sports organizations are preaching preparation and patience while they – like others around the province – await the green light to return to action as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

• Metro Vancouver’s only drive-in theatre has shuttered while it waits for an appeal of car limits, concessions rules.

• Safe business practices, rent relief are to be the focus of chamber’s next virtual town hall.

• Canada’s housing sector will see a retreat in prices, sales and building in the months ahead and likely won’t see a return to pre-pandemic levels until at least the end of 2022, said Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. in an outlook released Wednesday.

• A group representing retailers across Canada isn’t happy that retail workers deemed essential during the COVID-19 crisis are ineligible for pandemic pay.

• There’s a COVID-19 twist on an old game called nicky nicky nine doors – otherwise known as ding-dong ditch.

• Travel between Canada and the United States is still restricted but businesses, diplomats and communities that depend on cross-border traffic are urging the two countries to join forces in a co-operative approach to thriving in the new post-pandemic global economy.

With the annual BC Bat Count kicking off next week, experts are advising people to stay two metres away from bat colonies, in part because of concerns that humans could transmit COVID-19 into the North American bat population.

• White Rock’s pier will remain closed – along with the remainder of Marine Drive parking and the West Beach parkade – until confirmation from the provincial health officer and the health minister that B.C. has entered the next phase of its Covid-19 Restart Plan.

• After more than 34 years in business, Gabby’s Country Cabaret in Langley has succumbed to the mounting financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

• Parliament’s spending watchdog says the estimated deficit for the year has likely risen to about $260 billion, leaving the government with little fiscal firepower to stimulate an economic rebound.

• More than half of Canada’s national parks — including Banff in Alberta, Pacific Rim in British Columbia and Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia — are to reopen June 1.

• JK Rowling is publishing a new story called The Ickabog, which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

• More than 200 inmates have been granted early releases from B.C. jail cells in recent months in an unprecedented effort by the province to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 within its 10 facilities.



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