After a significant social media push back against Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) for staying open during the COVID-19 pandemic while all other ski resorts have closed their doors, RMR is set to follow suit in an effort to keep people safe.
“Effective as of 4:00 pm Monday, March 16, 2020, Revelstoke Mountain Resort will suspend all operations. Access to the mountain will be prohibited,” reads the official statement.
“Our top priority at Revelstoke Mountain Resort has always been the health and safety of our guests and employees and for this reason we will be suspending resort operations until further notice. While we had hoped that we could continue to offer our guests a safe, outdoor place of escape we are taking this action as a precaution. In light of the growing need to encourage self isolation we have made the difficult decision to suspend our operations. We know that this is disappointing news and we did not take the decision lightly.
We understand that you will have questions so we anticipate a very high call volume to Guest Services over the coming days. We encourage you to send your questions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner. Please also watch our website for ongoing updates about our resort operations.
We thank you for your support during these challenging times. We look forward to welcoming you back to Revelstoke Mountain Resort as soon as possible.”
Hours earlier, Dr. Batchelor a local physician at Selkirk Medical Group, and the Chief of Surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital, had called on RMR to close their doors to help flatten the curve. An online petition as well as a firestorm of comments on social media hit RMR over the past two days.
When The Revelstoke Current reached out to Dr. Batchelor about the consequences of RMR staying open, he noted the key to avoiding a situation like in Italy is to flatten the curve through social distancing and the prevention of movement of the population.
“It’s socially irresponsible. With Whistler and most other closed, RMR is basically inviting movement of the population and what’s more to a small town with very little extra medical resources,” Dr. Batchelor said. “It saddens me deeply.”
With RMR suspending operations, it is doing its part to keep the community safe. While RMR may have, at times, a tempestuous relationship with Revelstoke, everyone who works on site is a part of our community, even if only seasonally.