Okanagan coronavirus

Coronavirus: Penticton’s speedway wants green light to host larger crowds

The Penticton Speedway is a massive venue with capacity for up to 5,000 fans during normal times, operators said.

The owner of Penticton’s speedway is pleading directly to B.C.’s top doctor to amend a mass gathering order allowing more than 50 spectators in the stands at the popular race track. Johnny Aantjes says the 22-acre outdoor venue usually attracts up to 5,000 spectators during the summer racing season and …

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‘It’s like a jail’: Okanagan seniors in care eager for more freedoms amid COVID-19

‘It’s like a jail’: Okanagan seniors in care eager for more freedoms amid COVID-19

Isolated from their loved ones for nearly four months due to the COVID-19 lockdown, seniors in Okanagan care homes are eager for in-person visits to resume within the next 10 days. Frank Kantz, 91, lives at the Hamlets assisted living facility in Penticton. He says seniors in care have sacrificed a …

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B.C. caterer calls for ‘lifeline’ as business chewed up by COVID-19

B.C. caterer calls for ‘lifeline’ as business chewed up by COVID-19

A B.C.-based catering company is calling on the provincial government to provide a “lifeline” and treat the industry similar to the food and beverage sector amid the coronavirus pandemic. Brett Turner, co-owner of Joy Road Catering, provides food services at events in Vancouver and the Okanagan. He says business has …

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‘I’ve fallen through the cracks’: Penticton restaurateur says wage subsidy program inadequate

‘I’ve fallen through the cracks’: Penticton restaurateur says wage subsidy program inadequate

The owner of one of Penticton’s most iconic eateries says he’s fallen through the cracks of Canada’s Emergency Wage Subsidy Program (CEWS) amid COVID-19 and no longer qualifies. Gregory Condon, owner of Theo’s Restaurant, says the eligibility criteria for the wage subsidy, which covers 75 per cent of employee wages, …

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Economic recovery task force asks City of Penticton to relax patio regulations, remove permit costs amid COVID-19

Kenney says many Alberta school boards were planning layoffs before his government announced them

The City of Penticton’s economic recovery task force is looking to city council for support to relax patio regulations and remove permit costs amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. In a report to go before city council on Tuesday, economic development specialist Andrew Kemp says it is likely restaurants will only …

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Penticton arena now being used for COVID-19 testing – Okanagan

Penticton arena now being used for COVID-19 testing - Okanagan

Testing for the novel coronavirus is now being conducted at the McLaren Park arena in Penticton. Initially established as an outdoor assessment centre spearheaded by the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice, services are being expanded to include COVID-19 testing. The testing site, at 1350 King St., is operational …

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Coronavirus: Okanagan authors offer reprieve during isolation through virtual reading series – Okanagan

Coronavirus: Okanagan authors offer reprieve during isolation through virtual reading series - Okanagan

Okanagan authors are returning to the oral tradition of telling stories aloud, albeit in a virtual reading series while we are all curled up in our homes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “The need to have stories told to us, I think it can give us hope and …

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