The BC’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO) introduced new province-wide restrictions to address rising COVID-19 case counts.  These restrictions are in effect until midnight April 19, 2021. Below is a summary.

Athletic Activities

  • All indoor adult group fitness activities are cancelled until April 19 at midnight.
  • 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.

Religious Gatherings and Worship Services

  • The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is suspended.
  • Outdoor worship services under the current variance may continue.

Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and Food Courts

  • Restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts are closed for indoor dining until April 19 at midnight.
  • Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed with continued use of COVID-19 layers of protection and physical distancing.
  • NOTE:   Dining facilities for student housing and cafeterias serving students, faculty and staff at educational institutions are exempt from the closure order.

Social Gatherings Restrictions

  • No indoor social gatherings of any size at private residences is permitted other than between those who reside in the household.
  • A person who lives alone may have up to two other people visit if they are people with whom the person regularly interacts.
  • Up to 10 people can gather outdoors with continued use of COVID-19 layers of protection such as maintaining physical distancing and mask wearing.

In addition, the PHO strongly recommends:

  • Working from home through to April 19, where possible, unless it is essential to be in the workplace.
  • Avoiding all non-essential travel. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province.


Thank you for the important role you play in supporting the provincial COVID-19 response.


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