B.C. health authorities issued significant new orders & guidelines for British Columbians Thursday, effective from November 19, 2020 to December 7, 2020.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Thursday that all B.C. residents are urged to socialize only with fellow household members and to avoid social gatherings of all kinds and sizes for the next two and a half weeks. People who live alone cannot host gatherings but may socialize with a maximum of two people within their core social bubble.
These gatherings include attending places of worship, which have been ordered not to hold in-person services until December 7th, at which point the province will re-evaluate the situation. Funerals and weddings may proceed with a maximum attendance of 10 people, including the officiant(s), but associated receptions are not allowed. During the two-week period when this new health order is in effect, the Church Leadership Team asks that all in-home small groups and home churches temporarily suspend their meetings.
Another significant mandate includes the mandatory wearing of masks in all indoor public and retail spaces by both staff and customers. Masks also must be worn in work spaces including elevators, corridors and behind service counters.
Travel outside of local health regions is also restricted to essential travel only until at least December. 7th.
Full details about this, and previous health orders, can be found at the website links below: