As more British Columbians emerge from their homes following COVID-19 precautions, many are finding ways to safely enjoy the social activities they have been missing.
Going to a movie at a theatre, singing karaoke with friends and taking in a live band at a bar are all back on the table as B.C entered Phase 3 of its restart plan on June 24th. Even the amusement park Playland at the PNE saw its doors open with limited attractions.
A worker sanitizes a protective screen at a cotton candy concession stand before the opening of Playland at the PNE in Vancouver on Friday. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Lilia Gilron and Claire Morris, both 11, hang on during a ride at Playland at the PNE in Vancouver on Friday, both wearing smiling face masks. (Ben Nelms/CBC) "We come here every year and we feel safe because everyone is wearing a mask," said Angela Zhang, who brought her three-year-old daughter Amiee to Playland. "We saw the staff cleaning everything, that's why we came here." (Ben Nelms/CBC) Recreational league sports teams have started playing games at public parks. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Nick Alcock and his girlfriend Kendal Brown came down from Whistler, B.C., to enjoy Central City Fun Park in Surrey. "There is a lot of risks, even coming to a place like this, but they are taking all the precautions." (Ben Nelms/CBC) Friends Anfal Ramadan and Ala Shawesh both have eased into more social activities. "This month, in general, since the restrictions have eased up we have been doing a lot more things and it's a lot more fun," said Anfal. "We started off by going to friends' houses and now we are doing more and more." (Ben Nelms/CBC) Michael Li and Jenny Chang play a video game at Central City Fun Park in Surrey, B.C., on Friday. (Ben Nelms/CBC) A group of musicians sing together near Commercial Drive in East Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC) A group of friends play Spikeball at a park in Vancouver on Friday. (Ben Nelms/CBC) "This is one of the only karaoke places open," says Steven Zhao who came with seven friends to K-Fever Karaoke in Richmond, B.C. (Ben Nelms/CBC) People drink and mingle on a patio outside The Irish Heather pub in Gastown in Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Musician Aaron Trory plays behind a protective screen for patrons at LanaLou's bar on Powell Street in Vancouver (Ben Nelms/CBC) Patrons celebrate a birthday at The Mexican Antojitos y Cantina on Granville Street in Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC)