On Thursday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced she was amending her orders around gatherings and events.
Effective immediately, up to 10 people may now gather outdoors.
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“This means your children can have a playdate with their friends – their safe group of friends – over the March break,” said Henry during a press conference. “You can meet friends outside, for a coffee, a chat, a connection, a picnic in the park.”
People should also not be gathering in “groups of new people,” but rather should continue to stick to a single core bubble of individuals.
Groups can gather at a park or beach, or in the backyard of a residence.
Indoor gatherings and travel
Despite the amendment, Henry said there are no changes to the current restrictions on indoor gatherings. This includes bars, restaurants and pubs.
What about outdoor restaurant and bar patios?
The province confirmed with Daily Hive that even with the amendment around gatherings, restrictions around outdoor restaurant patios and bars are still applicable, and people should still only be visiting them with individuals from their household (with no more than six people per party seated at the same table), or for those who live alone, their core bubble (a maximum of two people they regularly interact with).
There is also no change to the provincial travel restrictions currently in place.
“It remains the same,” said Henry. “We need to stay local; explore your region, explore your community.”
She noted that it’s okay for cabin or vacation homeowners who are planning to visit their property – where they will be self-contained – to do so.