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What’s open in Vancouver?

Find out where you can go and what you can do right now in Vancouver.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced a lot of Vancouver restaurants, attractions and stores to close their doors due to restrictions.

The good news is, most businesses are now open and welcoming local customers as long as the businesses have a current COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. The key messaging we’ve seen from the government is to stay in your local area where possible and to spend time with your immediate household or small bubble of one to two people.

Read on to find out what’s open in Vancouver and what restrictions you can expect to find both indoors and outdoors.

Note, the below is accurate as of 10 March, 2021. Due to the evolving nature of the situation, the information provided can change at any time. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm. Social distancing and maintaining good hygiene still apply.

What restrictions are in place for Vancouver residents?

For purposes of the provincial restrictions, your core bubble is your immediate household or, for people who live alone, a maximum of two people who you see regularly.

  • Social gatherings and events of any size are not currently allowed either at public venues or at private residences.
  • Members of your core bubble can visit your local vacation property together.
  • Non-essential travel should be avoided, including travel into and out of Vancouver and B.C. and between regions of the province.
  • You can go for a walk or hike with your core bubble.
  • Swimming at both indoor and outdoor public pools is allowed at venues that operate a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Public skating rinks can be visited once they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Drive-in movies with your core bubble are currently allowed with the condition that all must stay in their cars.
  • Cultural events and gatherings are not currently allowed. These include movie screenings and theatre performances.
  • Some attractions are currently open and a mask is required while indoors.
  • Restaurants, bars and pubs can operate with a COVID-19 Safety Plan and employee protocols in place. You can only visit with your core bubble and a mask must be worn when not at a table.
  • You can visit ski resorts but you must wear a face mask and maintain a distance of two metres from other guests.
  • Tickets and rental equipment must be purchased in advance at ski resorts as most resorts will be cashless.
  • Ski resort services and facilities are are also limited, so be prepared to use your vehicle for eating, changing and storage.
  • Gyms and other recreational facilities can offer individual workouts and personal training sessions.
  • Indoor group exercise that is low intensity is allowed. This can include hatha yoga, Pilates, stretching, Tai-Chi and light weightlifting.
  • Indoor high-intensity group exercise is not currently allowed, including boot camps, circuit training and spin classes.
  • Youth indoor and outdoor team sports for those 21 years of age and younger are allowed when following certain guidelines, but games, competitions and tournaments are temporarily suspended.
  • Team sports for those 22 years of age and older are not allowed but drills and training activities can continue with a reduced number. Two people can participate in indoor sports with one another and up to four people can participate in outdoor sports with one another.
  • Funerals, weddings and baptisms are allowed with a maximum of 10 people in attendance, including the officiant. Receptions associated with these are not allowed at any location.

What’s open in Vancouver?

Are attractions open in Vancouver?

Yes, some Vancouver attractions are open. Capacity in many venues has been reduced, social distancing measures are in place and masks must be worn in all indoor spaces and some outdoor venues.

Popular attractions in the city that are now open include the following:

  • Science World (Science Theatre shows are still paused)
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Vancouver Police Museum
  • VanDusen Botanical Gardens

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Are walking trails, beaches and parks open in Vancouver?

A number of trails, beaches and parks are open and you are encouraged to venture out but stay within your own community. Social distancing rules are in place, events and social gatherings are not allowed and you can visit only with members of your core bubble.

Check the park’s website when planning your visit for the latest updates on closures and individual regulations.

Are malls open in Vancouver?

Yes, malls, including grocery stores and retailers, are open. New capacity limits do apply and you may encounter directional signs to help keep people moving in the same direction and avoid congregating.

Are hotels open in Vancouver?

As part of the government’s efforts to limit the spread of the pandemic, people have been instructed not to engage in non-essential travel. With that being said, hotels are allowed to operate with a current COVID-19 safety plan in place and many are open for business.

Some of the new safety measures you are likely to encounter when checking in include the following:

  • Additional screening questions upon entry
  • Reduced occupancy
  • Hand sanitizing stations in public areas
  • Plexiglass separation at the front desk
  • Markers and signage to help encourage social distancing
  • Some items such as hairdryers and irons might be removed but available on request

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

Some attractions are operating under a cash-only system and some have taken it a step further and require tickets to be purchased online, in advance. Restaurants are operating at a reduced capacity so making a reservation will ensure you won’t be turned away or have to wait.

Are restaurants, cafes and bars open in Vancouver?

Yes, you can still dine out; however, there are new protocols in place that will make your experience a little bit different than usual.

One of the biggest changes is that bars, pubs, and restaurants need to stop selling alcohol by 10pm and close by 11pm. You can only visit with members of your core bubble and wear a mask when not at a table. Reservations are recommended as well since seating will be reduced to comply with social distancing measures.

While some farmer’s markets are open, the purpose is for residents to stock up on fresh and prepared food items only. This means that you will be able to buy meals but not be able to eat them at the market.

What’s closed in Vancouver?

  • Nightclubs
  • Places of worship
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Public events
  • Arenas
  • Stadiums

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