After Mount Washington Alpine Resort closed because of the virus, people were looking for different ways to recreate. COVID-19 wasn’t a provincial health emergency at that time and provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, was encouraging people to go outdoors. Going for a bike ride in the Comox Valley often means getting on your mountain bike and riding some potentially dangerous trails. This carries greater risk than riding around your neighbourhood.
Many people were travelling not just from within the Comox Valley, but from other places further away from Cumberland, like Campbell River and Nanaimo. As cross-community transmission is difficult for doctors to track, the amount of riders accessing the trails needed to be contained.