It's no secret that life is a little different now than it was a year ago. B.C.'s gathering restrictions have been cut down again, following an ongoing increase in new COVID-19 cases.
As of now, residents in B.C. can only host gatherings in their homes with the people they live with and six others. To help British Columbians navigate getting together with friends and loved ones, the province has released a "safer celebrations and ceremonies" guide.
We're not going to lie, there are some funny ones in there. We'll start by saying that these guidelines are serious and they are meant to keep you and your communities safe. They are to be taken seriously and followed to the best of your ability.
But, there's no reason we can't share a little humour about the strange ways that we're now expected to interact.
Some of these guidelines sound a little more like how aliens acting like humans would hangout.
In fact, acting like this might make you forget what interacting in the "old normal" was like in the first place.
Eating nuts and candy with a fork.
We can all probably assume that big bowls of shared food probably aren't the best idea during COVID-19. But, eating nuts with a fork and knife certainly sounds like a wild ride.
The guideline says "For shared snacks, hors d'oeuvres, candy, nuts or finger foods, provide guests with utensils, plates and napkins so they can have their own servings."
Have a BBQ in the snow.
The province suggests you "Bundle up for picnics or a late season BBQ."
If you haven't noticed, the first snow of the year has already fallen in B.C. There's nothing like a BBQ in the snow!
Sprint by your friends in the hall.
Sometimes you come to the situation when you need to pass a friend in the hallway when at a social gathering. The government says you better be running.
"If you need to pass someone in a tight space (like a hallway or on stairs) try to pass them quickly or wait until they are gone before you enter hallways or stairs."
Ah yes, the 2020 elbow bump. "Encourage non-contact greetings such as elbow bumps or waves to reduce physical contact."
We don't know about you, but we think that waving at someone who's just entered your home is even weirder than bumping elbows.
Calling ahead to ask your guests if they're sick.
Now this one is just plain adorable. "Check-in with guests before they arrive to make sure that they are feeling well and don’t have symptoms or recent contact with a confirmed case."
We think that calling your friends to ask how they're feeling before making them commit to a social engagement should be a thing forever.
Not sharing things from your mouth.
Here's one that we're surprised had to be said at all. "Discourage people from sharing anything that has been in their mouth."
If this is something you need to tell your friends, maybe you're better off hanging out alone.
Going outside to dance.
And finally, because we all live in the town from Footloose where dancing is illegal, "Reconsider indoor singing and dancing since these can increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19." It continues that say that if you must dance or sing, "Move singing or dancing outside, or keep dancing to those within your small social group."
Welcome to 2020, British Columbia, it's weird here.