Life as we knew it? Not quite, but life!
Victoria is reopening for seniors on the prowl for life amongst the pandemic ashes. Different venues offer different dates and all new rules for their customers.
The Royal B C Museum (RBCM) is reopening June 19th with limited tickets for Thursday to Tuesday. The museum will be closed Wednesdays for cleaning. You can book tickets and times online.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Natural History gallery will open on the 19th.
The First Peoples gallery will open August 1st and the Becoming BC gallery opens September 7th.
Short blocks away, the Vic Theatre opens June 12th to 50 per cent capacity and online concession orders. Those 19 and older can purchase advance tickets online or get a membership ($2) and ticket at the door.
Snacks and beverages (including alcohol) are placed on your selected seat.
Go online to choose your film, your date and time and your seat.
Need an outing and some retail therapy? The Bay Centre downtown, Hillside Mall, Uptown Mall and Mayfair Mall are all open with reduced hours. You will want to check the individual business sites for their hours and seniors’ shopping hours.
Each mall has information posted on their current operations, check to see what entrances are open, what entrances are now exits only, and what amenities are available.
Most malls have closed many services and facilities, water fountains aren’t available and community events are cancelled for the meantime. Plan your trip and take a water bottle. If you need a walker, take your own, they won’t always be available in the malls.
The Downtown Victoria Business Association has lists of members with links and phone numbers. It is advisable to call for openings and hours as many websites are not current and businesses tagged as open are not yet “physically” open.
You can make an appointment for shopping time, arrange a pickup or check things out online.
Victoria is reopening. Phase Two is underway. There’s more to come.