Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, announced today, May 1, the easing of some public health restrictions around COVID-19. Existing public health directives around social distancing and social gatherings remain in place. People must keep two metres apart and not gather in groups of more than five.

The initial steps are:
• provincial and municipal parks can reopen, but playground equipment will continue to be off limits
• trails are allowed to open
• people are allowed to use and visit community gardens
• garden centres, nurseries and similar businesses can open
• sportfishing is permitted from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are not allowed
• people can attend boating, yacht or sailing clubs for the purpose of preparing boats for use
• golf driving ranges can open, including those at golf clubs, but the course must remain closed; golf clubs can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening
• people can use their cottages. Use is restricted to one household unit at a time, travel must be directly to the cottage and back, and travelling back and forth frequently from cottage and primary residence is discouraged
• provincial and private campgrounds remain closed, but they can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening. An exception is recreational vehicles parked year-round at private campgrounds, which can be used but must follow the same rules as cottages
• drive-in religious services will be allowed, as long as people stay in their cars, they are parked two metres apart and there are no interactions between people in cars or between pe

For more information, please see the full notice: pdf Easing of Some Public Health Measures May 1, 2020 (114 KB)  and pdf Frequently Asked Questions (153 KB)