Members of a Vancouver Island community are no longer living under a shelter-in-place order.
Cowichan Tribes has lifted a shelter-in-place order that had been in place since January.
“This means you can go out and eat in restaurants, but that is with your immediate household,” Marnie Elliott, associate health director with the Cowichan Tribes, said in a video posted to Facebook.
“You can go and get haircuts now, you can go and do your nails, pedicures, that kind of thing,” she added.
Cowichan Tribes members are also now allowed to gather outdoors, up to a maximum of 10 people, including members of the same household.
“We can have outdoor visits with 10 people, so this includes members of your household. So, if you have four in your household, that means you can have six,” said Elliott.
People are being asked to gather with the same 10 people. If one’s household already has 10 people, gathering with additional people is not permitted.
“We are asking that you stick with your core 10 people in order to keep our community safe,” Elliott added.
However, some restrictions remain in place. Indoor gatherings, house visits, sleepovers, gatherings over 10, and travel outside of one’s local area are not permitted.
“We are asking that you are still not going to be visiting in each other’s homes,” said Elliott. “Kids can together to play outside and have that connection again, but please no sleepovers.”
So, we are asking that you still stick with your core 10 people in order to keep our community safe.”
Community members are also being urged to continue wearing masks, washing hands and following all Island Health guidelines.
Cowichan Tribes, the largest single band in B.C. with 4,900 members, had been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak since December that has seen more than 260 people infected, resulting in multiple deaths.