BC Restart Plan Step 3 begins

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Step 3: Starts July 1

The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, all sectors will transition to using communicable disease prevention guidance from WorkSafeBC.

Mask guidance

Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. The mask mandate order under the Emergency Program Act will be lifted July 1 and no proof of vaccination will be needed.

  • You’re fully vaccinated 14 days after dose 2
  • Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they’re fully vaccinated and that’s okay

PHO guidance

Activities

New things you can do

Personal gatherings
  • Return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
  • Sleepovers
Organized gatherings
  • Indoor organized gatherings 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
  • Outdoor organized gatherings 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
  • No capacity limits or restrictions on religious gatherings and worship services
  • Fairs, festivals and trade shows return to normal with a Communicable Disease Plan
Travel
  • Canada-wide recreational travel
Businesses Restaurants, bars and pubs

  • No group limits for indoor and outdoor dining, events allowed
  • Return to normal liquor service hours
  • No socializing between tables

Nightclubs

  • Up to 10 people seated at tables, tables 2 m apart
  • No dancing, no socializing between tables

Casinos

  • Reduced capacity
  • Gaming stations can operate at approximately 50% capacity

Businesses will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan. Some safety measures will remain, like physical barriers.

Offices and workplaces
  • Continued return to the workplace
  • Seminars and bigger meetings allowed

Workplaces will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan.

Additional safety precautions required in higher risk workplaces.

Sports and exercise
  • All indoor fitness classes allowed, normal capacity
  • Gyms and recreation facilities, normal capacity
  • Outdoor spectators 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
  • Indoor spectators 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater

Step 4: Earliest start date September 7

The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The earliest date we move to Step 4 is September 7.

PHO guidance

  • Masks in public indoor settings a personal choice
  • Normal social contact
  • If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately

Activities

New things you can do

Personal gatherings
  • Return to normal personal gatherings and social contact
Organized gatherings
  • Increased capacity at large organized gatherings, like a concert
Travel
  • Canada-wide recreational travel
Businesses
  • To operate, businesses will continue to follow communicable disease prevention guidance
Offices and workplaces
  • Workplaces fully reopened
Sports and exercise
  • Return to normal sport competitions when following communicable disease prevention guidance
  • Increased outdoor and indoor spectators