Please note: As recommended by BC’s health officials, indoor gatherings of any kind and unessential travel in the province are not recommended at this time. Currently, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted, but use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing. Please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask or face-covering in public indoor and retail spaces. If you are sick, please stay home.

As BC is now several days into its three-week “circuit breaker” restrictions to curb COVID-19 cases, this is the second Easter in a row that will be more low-key than usual thanks to the pandemic.

If you’re wondering what places are open to grab groceries or booze, or where you can still go for safely distanced activities, here is a helpful list.

Grocery and convenience stores

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The majority of major grocery chains – as well as convenience stores – will be open right through the weekend.

Check hours of popular stores here:


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Malls throughout Metro Vancouver are open throughout the long weekend. Check hours here:

Private Liquor Stores

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The following private liquor stores in Vancouver are open during the Easter weekend:

BC Liquor Stores

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Check long weekend hours for the BC Liquor Store closest to you here. 

Science World

Vancouver activities

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Science World is open this long weekend. Limited capacity and distancing measures will be in place. Please book your visit in advance online.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver activities

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How about an artsy weekend? There’s nothing like spending quality time with beautiful art. The Vancouver Art Gallery is open during the long weekend with limited capacity and distancing protocols in effect. Check hours here.

Public Transit

Vancouver public transportation

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While all transit does operate right through the long weekend, there are some schedule adjustments. Visit TransLink’s website for the latest schedule updates to get you where you need to go.

Other closures

Government offices, banks, and libraries will also be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.


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