British Columbia has announced a variety of measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
These new measures are effective immediately until December 7th.
- Masks are mandatory provincewide in all indoor public settings and all retail stores.
- Workers and customers must wear masks in indoor public and retail spaces, restaurants except when eating or drinking, and in workplace common areas, including elevators, hallways, group or break rooms, kitchens and customer counters.
Update November 24th:
Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in many indoor public settings.
Anyone without a mask in an indoor public place or who refuses to comply with the direction of an enforcement officer, including the direction to leave the space, or who responds with abusive or belligerent behaviour, may be subject to a $230 fine.
Indoor locations include:
- malls, shopping centres, coffee shops, and retail and grocery stores;
- liquor and drug stores;
- airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
- restaurants, pubs and bars;
- places of public worship;
- on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
- common areas of office buildings, court houses, hospitals and hotels;
- common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity; and
- common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations.
All indoor and outdoor community and social events as defined in Gathering and Events orderare prohibited.
As per the Gathering and Events order, “Event” refers to anything which gathers people together whether on a one-time, regular or irregular basis, including a gathering in vacation accommodation, a private residence, banquet hall or other place, a party, worship service, ceremony or celebration of any type, reception, wedding, funeral, celebration of life, musical, theatrical or dance entertainment or performance, live band performance, disc jockey performance, strip dancing, comedic act, art show, magic show, puppet show, fashion show, book signing, reading, recitation, display, movie, film, meeting, conference, lecture, talk, educational presentation (except in a school or post-secondary educational institution), auction, fund raising benefit, contest, competition, quiz, game, rally, festival, presentation, demonstration, athletic, sporting or other physical activity, exhibition, market or fair, including a trade fair, agricultural fair, seasonal fair or episodic indoor event that has as its primary purpose the sale of merchandise or services e.g. Christmas craft markets, home shows, antique fairs and the like and for certainty includes a gathering preceding or following another event.
- This includes religious, cultural or community events like galas musical or theatre performances, seasonal activities, silent auctions, with the exception of baptisms, funerals and weddings.
- Baptisms, funerals and weddings may proceed with up to 10 people including an officiant if a COVID-19 safety plan is in place. There are to be no associated receptions of any kind in any venue.
- There are to be no social gatherings at residences with anyone other than those who reside there.
- People who live alone must host no gatherings, but are allowed to see one or two of the same members of their core pandemic bubble at home.
- Movie Theatres also have to close (as per update Nov 23).
Restaurants and bars can continue to operate with a maximum of six people at a table and as long as they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and employee protocols in place. Customers can only visit a restaurant with people in their household or core bubble.
Group physical activities
- Gyms and recreation facilities that offer individual workouts and personal training sessions can remain open as long as they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that is strictly followed.
- Indoor group spin classes, hot yoga and high-intensity interval training are suspended.
- Dance studios, martial arts, cheerleading are allowed.
- Sports activities can continue with no spectators and there is to be no travel outside of communities for games or competitions.
- All businesses and worksites must conduct active daily screening of all on-site workers using their COVID-19 safety plans.
- Employers are being asked to temporarily suspend their efforts to safely get employees back to their workplace and support work-from-home options wherever possible.
All non-essential travel outside of one’s community is strongly discouraged. People travelling to stay with immediate family members should ensure they do not host or participate in any social gatherings.