The Government of British Columbia announced guidelines as the province enters Phase 2 of re-opening the provincial economy. But the fact of the matter is, cases in the province are relatively low compared to Ontario and Quebec because the majority of British Columbians are staying home, and not because COVID-19 pandemic is over. Once the public starts mingling without being vaccinated for COVID-19, there will be a spike in infections. The most logical thing to do to remain safe is to continue to observe self-quarantine and limit outdoor trips to essential activities only. Recreational activities, grooming and loitering in public spaces aren't essential activities.
We need to think about how we can protect others and ourselves. Our circumstances are unique, but the things we need to do to keep each other safe is the same. Be thoughtful and have extra consideration for others, especially those at higher risk. #COVIDBC gov.bc.ca/restartbc#guid….
BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
Guidelines for Social Interaction
Phase 2 allows you to expand your social interactions. There are key guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.
* Inside Your Bubble
– Your bubble includes members of your immediate household
– Try to limit the number of people in your bubble. Your circumstances may mean your bubble contains several people. Every time you add someone to your bubble, you are also connecting with everybody in their bubble
– Inside your bubble you can hug and kiss and do not need to wear a mask or stay 2 m apart
– Remember, vigilant hand-washing and space cleaning is still important
– If you are sick, limit hugging or kissing and when possible, self-isolate in separate rooms.
* Outside Your Bubble
In personal settings when you're seeing friends and family who aren't in your bubble:
– Only get together in small groups of 2 to 6 people outside your bubble
– Keep a physical distance and limit your time together
– Stay home and away from others if you have cold or flu symptoms
– Have extra consideration for others, especially people at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including older people and those with chronic health conditions.
If you are at greater risk (over the age of 60 or with underlying medical conditions), be informed of your risk, think through your risk tolerance and take extra precautions.
Our circumstances are unique, but the things we need to do to keep each other safe is the same.