Social distancing in the wild might not be in the forecast for the weekend. On Wednesday, April 8, the government of British Columbia announced that it's closing down all provincial parks to limit the spread of COVID-19. The closure of B.C. provincial parks will be effective immediately.\nThe official announcement said that the closures are in response to the social distancing guidelines issued by both the provincial and the federal governments.\nPeople have been told to stay home as much as possible, which means they probably shouldn't be heading to the provincial parks, anyway.\nAccording to the announcement, the parks will be closed until further notice. George Heyman, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy said that the province needs to take every action possible to contain the spread of the pandemic.\nThis latest measure would stop both British Columbians and out-of-province visitors who may have been planning to explore or stay at any of our provincial parks.\n"The message is clear: stay home, avoid travel, do not put yourself or others at risk," he added.\nHe said that he understands the deep love we locals have for the outdoors and our natural surroundings. And honestly, who wouldn't when the sights are so stunning? Regardless, we better get used to the scenery inside our homes for now.\nView this post on Instagram Attention Joffre Lakes Park visitors: Please note that this weekend the shuttle bus lot will be located at the Cayoosh weather station lot instead of the Duffey Lake lot. Please follow signs on the highway near Joffre Lakes Park. For more shuttle details go to: visitjoffre.ca We are expecting a high volume of visitors at Joffre Lakes Park this long weekend. Please arrive early to increase your chances of securing a spot in the parking lots or on the shuttle, or make alternative plans. Parking on the highway shoulder is prohibited. #BCParks Photo credit: Top of the World, @iainrobertreid A post shared by BC Parks (@yourbcparks) on Aug 2, 2019 at 9:05am PDT\nThe province has tried its best to provide a safe space where people can get some exercise and fresh air but Heyman admits that it's been difficult to get people to maintain the recommended amount of physical distancing.\nThe officials say that we have to make sure that we are at least two meters away from the nearest person in public. The rule doesn't apply to people who live in the same house.\nBut if you didn't already know, some residents in B.C. are having a hard time following the social distancing guidelines.\nThe province acknowledged this in their notice. Saying that while many of us are practicing social distancing, "some continue to ignore the order, making enforcement in a wilderness setting challenging."\nSince we can't follow the rules, the parks will be closing down to keep us away from each other. The decision has been made in consultation with the RCMP, the local governments, First Nations, the search-and-rescue organizations, and the general public.\nThe timing of this closure has also been influenced by the upcoming long Easter weekend. In any other year, the warmer weather often means "busy season" for the parks, as most choose to go camping and conduct other recreational activities at this time.\nThat's why B.C. Parks is also extending its ban on camping in park grounds until May 31, 2020. Refunds for bookings up to May 21 will be sent automatically.\nAs all provincial and national parks have closed and the City of Vancouver's recreation areas have also shut indefinitely, our spring festivities will have to continue indoors, it seems.\nIt's a good thing that there is a lot to do indoors because nothing really replaces a lovely stroll through our phenomenal parks.\nThis is why the parks will open up as soon as the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, gives the go-ahead.