Effective March 11, 2021, British Columbians can gather outside in groups of up to 10 people. PHO Dr. Bonnie Henry amended her public health order Thursday, which had banned outdoor gatherings since November. The new guidelines mean families can have play dates and friends can meet outside for a coffee, she said. Continue to use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing during outdoor gatherings. All restrictions for indoor gatherings remain in place.
Henry advised people should stick to the same group of people, rather than meet with several different groups. Kids who meet should stick to their same school cohorts, she said. Despite the province's case numbers hovering around 500 per day in recent weeks, Henry said the riskiest settings are indoors and the chance of spread decreases outside.
"It is important after all these months to focus on some of the things we can do safely," she said. "Outdoors is where we need to focus right now."
To learn more about the updates, see the March 2021 update HERE.