‘Social gathering’, ‘housekeeping’ clarified in Lower Mainland’s new COVID-19 order

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British Columbia health officials have clarified a sweeping new COVID-19 health ordinance aimed at curbing the spike in new cases in the Lower Mainland.The ordinance, released on Saturday, bans social gatherings with people not belonging to the home, group indoor group physical activities and sports where physical distance cannot be maintained.

The ordinance does not ban, but “strongly encourages” people not to travel outside the region.

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But the definitions of “social gathering” and “household” have caused great confusion among many British Columbians.

On Sunday, a spokesperson for the health ministry clarified that “social gathering” means any recreational gathering with others – whether inside a private residence or elsewhere.

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Rising COVID-19 count triggers first region-specific provincial health order in British Columbia

Rising COVID-19 count triggers first region-specific provincial health order in British Columbia

This means no picnic in the park or other outdoor group activities.

“Walking is not considered a social gathering, but British Columbians should be careful that a march does not turn into a group of people meeting outside,” the ministry said in a statement. .

While restaurants are allowed to remain open, the order means residents of the Lower Mainland should not dine with members outside of their homes.

However, the ministry has also clarified what it means by “household”.


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What the new regional health orders in Port Coquitlam will look like


What the new regional health orders in Port Coquitlam will look like

“These are the people you spend the most time with and are physically close to. These are people who are part of your usual routine, so household members, immediate family, a close friend or people with whom you have regular close contact (for example a co-parent who lives outside the household) », Indicates the press release.

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“Those who live alone cannot host gatherings, but may continue to see members of what they consider to be their immediate home (as described above) at home, outdoors, or in restaurants.”

The order – which applies to the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions – is the first in British Columbia to target a specific region and will remain in effect until noon on November 23.


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How the hospitality industry will be affected by new regional healthcare orders


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It excludes the central coast, the valley of Bella Coola and Hope.

You can find more details about the order here.

The order came after weeks of sharp increases in the number of cases in the Lower Mainland that officials have mainly linked to social gatherings inside.

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British Columbia recorded more than 500 cases per day on Friday and Saturday, the vast majority of them in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health areas.

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