South Surrey’s Pacific Inn Resort & Conference Centre, known by locals at the Pink Palace. (File photo)

South Surrey’s Pacific Inn Resort & Conference Centre, known by locals at the Pink Palace. (File photo)

Plan for farmers market at South Surrey’s ‘Pink Palace’ property cancelled

New health orders prohibiting travel between regions present too great a hurdle

Plans for a farmers market at South Surrey’s ‘Pink Palace’ parking lot have been nixed due to new COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the provincial government.

The new travel restrictions prohibit non-essential travel between so-called “travel regions.”

RELATED: B.C. clarifies COVID-19 travel restrictions, Lower Mainland a single zone

The new order, in place until May 24, is intended to discourage travel from Vancouver Island, or the Interior, to the Lower Mainland for non-essential business. Hope is included in the Interior travel region.

Market general manager Margarett Lange said organizers had planned to have vendors come in from districts throughout the province.

“I know it’s only until the 24th, but we just can’t chance it,” Lange said. “Really, there’s nothing that we can do… I’d rather be safe.”

PHOTOS: White Rock Farmers’ Market opens for the season

The plan was to create a 100-vendor market from May 1 to Oct. 10 at the Pacific Inn property, located at 1160 King George Blvd. The operation was to run Saturdays and Sundays, and some vendors were to sell items not found in the Lower Mainland. Last year, the Pacific Inn reinvented itself as the Pink Palace Film Studios.

Lange said she is unsure if there will be an opportunity to run the market next year, but expressed relief that the White Rock Farmers Market has been able to operate.

“We deeply regret having to do this. I would never have dreamed that this travel restriction would come out,” she said. “At least people have something to go to, that’s great. I wish (White Rock Farmers Market) the best and I’m glad they’re able to continue.”

White Rock Farmers Market held its first market day of the season on Sunday. The market, located at the corner of Russell Avenue and Johnston Road, runs every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Oct. 24.



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