BC’s Restart – a four-step plan to bring BC back together – was announced on May 25. There will be a slow and gradual return to a more normal life, with safety and health protocols easing, as we transition to each new step.
The four-step plan was designed based on data and guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control and Dr. Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer. Progressing through the steps is being measured by the number of adults vaccinated, current case counts and hospitalizations, considering clusters and outbreaks. For more information on BC’s Restart, click here.
BC is currently in Step 3 (from July 1)
The following activities are included in step 3:
- Mask wearing mandated in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older, including those who are fully vaccinated.
- No group limit for indoor and outdoor dining
- Return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by venue and no socializing between tables
- Liquor service restrictions lifted
- Casinos and nightclubs can operate with a limited capacity
- Continued return to the workplace
- Seminars and bigger meetings allowed
- Maximum capacity for indoor organized gatherings of 50 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater
- Maximum capacity for outdoor organized gatherings of 5,000 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater
- Return to Canada-wide recreational travel
- Return to normal for sports and exercise facilities
As BC transitions through the Restart, some provincial restrictions remain in place (or may be reintroduced) to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act. Where regional COVID-19 outbreaks are declared, the regional health authority may impose specific restrictions, to help control COVID-19 transmission and contain the outbreak. More information on current restrictions is available here.
In order to support the transition to a broader communicable disease prevention approach, WorkSafeBC has developed Communicable Disease Prevention: A Guide for Employers, a 4-step guide for employers, along with an “information hub”, including FAQs and other resources. More information is available on WorkSafeBC’s website.