Grounds of Government House to Reopen on Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Dear friends, neighbours and visiting patrons:

The grounds of Government House will reopen at dawn on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Thank you to all for your patience and understanding over the course of this closure in support of orders and direction from the Provincial Health Office. We very much appreciate how much the grounds mean to all of our visitors and how important access to outdoor space is for one’s mental health. However, we also recognise that when people come together, COVID-19 can spread, and the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visiting public is of the utmost priority.

Upon re-assessment, we have added additional measures that must be followed in order for the grounds to remain open:

  • The Bruce Pavilion is closed in order to prevent gatherings of any kind.
  • Social gatherings of any size are currently not permitted on the grounds.
  • If you visit the Government House grounds, your party may only comprise members of your immediate household or core bubble.
  • There will be increased on-ground patrol by security and staff with the view of discouraging gatherings.

In addition, we ask all visitors to familiarise themselves with our other rules and policies:

  • Visitors must follow all current public health orders and guidance as given by the Provincial Health Officer.
  • Do not visit the grounds if you are feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Maintain social distancing from all other visitors.
  • Government House does not take bookings for space usage. Grounds are to be enjoyed on a “first come first served” basis, but any such use cannot impede the enjoyment of other patrons.
  • Formal ceremonies, such as weddings or celebrations of life are not permitted to take place on site. At this time, we discourage any onsite group or ceremonial photography.
  • Government House does not permit the importation and use of outside furniture; this includes barbeques and propane fire pits. The only exceptions are for portable/collapsible chairs that are not affixed to the ground or structure.
  • Any amplified sound and/or other noise that may disturb or impede the enjoyment of visiting patrons or neighbours is not permitted.

Government House will continue to monitor directives from the Provincial Health Officer; the status of the grounds will be determined by these guidelines, in addition to any issues that may arise as a result of unsanctioned gatherings, etc. We trust the vast majority of those who visit do so in good faith and in accordance with relevant directives. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Estate of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Thank you.