It is touted as “the largest and most enjoyable regional bridge tournament in Canada”.
And at this point, it is still scheduled to take place June 15-21 at the Penticton Trade & Convention Center.
“We have a board meeting on April 21 and we will make a decision at that time,” said President Marv Norden on Thursday.
“The last information I got was that the city is using the Trade and Convention Center for office space. I understand that nothing will be available until June 1, so we are always open. That said, what worries us is, if we organize the tournament, how many people will come. “
Thousands of people flock to the Okanagan regularly for the week-long event, including regulars from Washington State and Alaska. But at this point, the border is closed to the Americans.
“Our expenses would stay the same, so I’m not sure we can afford to hold them back,” added Norden. “We don’t know what the city or the Convention Center is doing right now. We just received yesterday that the Montreal national event in September has been canceled. “
A Zoom meeting will take place next week, when a decision will be made on the Penticton tournament.
“I would say, having the information I am doing, and I just sent a report to the district a few days ago assessing the situation with 20 or 30 points on why we should or should not have the tournament, my personal recommendation on this subject ”. the point will be on the board that we probably won’t have the tournament, “said Norden.