Metro Vancouver celebrates a physically distant Mother’s Day amid COVID-19

Sunday’s Mother’s Day celebrations looked a little different than usual this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While B.C. is on track to begin reopening the province in just over a week, for the time being public health officials have urged people to remain physically distant from others, even moms, if they don’t already live together.

That meant a big shift for Butter Baked Goods in Vancouver, which traditionally runs a sold-out Mother’s Day high tea event.

This year, for the first time ever, owner Rosie Daykin said the business was doing high tea to go.

“That’s our role here on a day to day basis, we are here to serve the community,” she said.

“This was a tradition that I didn’t want to drop the ball on for them.”

Ironically, packing the nibbles for take-out turned out to be good business – Daykin said they packed up about 72 orders, potentially double what she could have done for dine-in service.

The icing on the Mother’s Day cake? She was serving the take-out with her daughter.

At Amica West Vancouver on the North Shore, Kate Manderson was among a group of people who decked out their vehicles with flowers, balloons and even a bag piper to perform a Mother’s Day parade.

Manderson’s 86-year-old grandmother Dorothea lives in the care home, and struggles with Alzheimer’s disease.

This year, they had to visit through a window.

“My mom really wanted us to come around the corner and come in, but we weren’t allowed,” she told Global News.

“I’m looking forward to this all being over so we can actually give her a hug and kiss her.”

Health officials say the rules around visiting seniors in care homes are likely to remain in place for the time being.

“We recognize absolutely family members are for providing care in our long-term care and assisted living facilities, and we are working, absolutely on plans to make sure that we can let families back in to support our seniors and elders, but in a safe way,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Saturday.

For other mothers, those hugs may just be around the corner.

The province has said people can begin cautiously expanding their social circles after the May long weekend.

-With files from Grace Ke

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