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Safer celebrations and ceremonies

With restrictions in place and COVID-19 still a concern, holidays and breaks still look different.
Last updated: March 11, 2021

How to spend time with friends and family over breaks and holidays

  • You can spend time outdoors with others
    • Plan small gatherings of up to 10 people in parks, public areas or yards 
    • Keep gatherings to the same 10 people 
    • School-aged children should try to keep visits to friends from their school cohort
  • When seeing others outside your household, you should keep two meters apart, clean your hands regularly and wear a mask when you can’t physically distance.
  • Keep indoor gatherings and celebrations to people within your immediate household
  • If you live alone, you can spend time indoors with your core bubble. This means you and the same one or two other people.
  • All events and in-person religious gatherings and worship services are still suspended. 

Travel and the holiday season

  • At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. 
  • You should avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice to limit the spread of COVID-19. If you must travel outside Canada during the holidays, check the latest travel advice before you leave to reduce your risk.
  • Consider avoiding all non-essential trips within Canada, especially to areas that may have more COVID-19 spreading in communities.
  • If you live in one of these areas, avoid traveling to gatherings or celebrations outside your community.
  • If you travel within Canada, check to see if there may be additional provincial, territorial and local public health measures at your destination.
  • If you must travel during the holidays, visit to check the latest travel advice before you leave and learn how you can lower your risk. 

Check with the public health authority at your destination for more information on travel and COVID-19 restrictions. Check with local Indigenous communities if you are travelling there. It's also important to consider how you travel.

If you travel by car:

  • travel with your immediate household.
  • avoid long car trips with multiple stops along the way.

If you plan on using public transportation, take additional safety measures:

  • wear a non-medical mask.
  • avoid commuting during peak hours.
  • follow visual cues and signage to ensure physical distancing.

If you have to use a rideshare, taxi or limo service:

  • wear a non-medical mask.
  • keep your window open if possible.
  • sit in the back seat, away from the driver.

If you have to use air travel:

  • avoid layovers if possible.
  • learn about the safety regulations you will be subject to prior to boarding.
  • follow the quarantine measures for both the place you visit and if you are returning to Canada.


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