BC health officials announced on Monday that the province-wide “circuit breaker” restrictions currently in place have now been extended until late May.
“All current guidelines and orders will remain in place,” the province confirmed on Monday. “Over the coming five weeks through to the end of the May long weekend, it is critical that we focus our efforts to follow the guidelines.”
The province said these guidelines include “continuing to focus on the basics to reduce transmission – especially focus on in-person social interactions. Be very purposeful about who you are seeing and where you are going; stick with the same few contacts.”
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The emergency restrictions were implemented in late March to help curb surging COVID-19 cases in the province. They include a suspension on indoor dining, indoor adult group fitness activity, and indoor religious worship services. They were originally in effect until midnight tonight, but will now run until May 24, at midnight.
The restrictions include the following:
- Restaurants, bars, and pubs, all food and liquor-serving premises must be takeout only, except for patios. Those who dine on patios must do so with their immediate household only.
- Indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind are paused in gyms, fitness studios, and dance studios.
- Indoor religious services are suspended, despite last week’s announcement that they would be permitted over the next six weeks. However, outdoor services under the current guidelines may continue.
- Mask-wearing for students down to grade 4 is also now being encouraged in schools.