The province is asking people to stay safe by staying home this Easter long weekend.

BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has said that the next few weeks will be critical to keeping covid-19 under control and flatten the curve so that healthcare is not overburdened. British Columbians are being asked to not partake in any non-essential travel, not to visit family or friends and to instead find virtual ways to connect and celebrate.

Dr. Henry urges people to continue to follow public health guidelines, such as thoroughly washing your hands, not leaving home unless absolutely necessary and practicing social distancing when in public. This means that while Easter weekend is normally a time to get together, travel or to partake in recreational activities, none of these actions are appropriate during the covid-19 pandemic.

“Again, this is not forever, but right now we need to be in small groups,” said Dr. Henry during a press conference in March.

“We must be united in these efforts and we must build that firewall and make sure we keep it as strong as we can and that there are no gaps.”