British Columbia’s Ministry of Health elaborated on the latest social gathering restrictions announced on Nov. 7, saying that people can only interact with their household members and a maximum of six others.
The “six-person” limitation applies to people of all ages and to all indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Some questions were raised over the definition of “immediate household,” and the Ministry later gave more details on the website, stating that a household refers to a “group of people who live in the same dwelling.” People living in an apartment or a house are considered members of the same household, while a rental suite built in a home is seen as a separate household.
Several provinces, however, are taking steps to ease the restrictions.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also refused to go into lockdown, instead urging the need to strike a balance.
“A lockdown would be devastating. It would inflict untold damage on the economic, social, and mental health of millions of Albertans. Our objective is not to bring COVID cases down to zero—it’s to manage the spread carefully so that we can protect both peoples’ lives AND livelihoods,” Kenney wrote in the post.