Things are looking up for the CP Women’s Open, but there are still plenty of questions to be answered and time is running out before a call needs to be made on whether it is cancelled for the second consecutive year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The 2021 tournament is scheduled to be played Aug. 26-29 at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
The British Columbia government relaxed some of the COVID-19 rules on Tuesday and has introduced a tentative plan to ease those restrictions even more throughout the summer.
However, it’s very tentative and based on meeting vaccination targets, while keeping case counts low. While eased restrictions may seem like a step or two forward towards a return to normal right now, the last thing the provincial government wants is a step or two back in the COVID battle.
B.C. residents can now have dinner indoors at restaurants with up to six friends, meet at bars or host those friends at home as part of the first phase of the restart plan introduced by the provincial government and it’s effective immediately.
By mid-June, the government is hoping to ease restrictions even more and continue doing so as the summer progresses if the number of cases and hospitalizations continue to decline and vaccination targets are met.
The problem is that the mid-June date comes at a time when a call will need to be made on whether the CP Women’s Open is a go or a no-go.
The other factor is that the Canada-U.S. border is closed to non-essential traffic until at least June 21 and is expected to be extended, along with quarantine rules, beyond that date by the federal government.
The easing of restrictions is welcome news for B.C. residents and businesses, but the timing and uncertainty of what happens this summer may not work for the CP Women’s Open.