B.C. launches into first step of COVID-19 restart plan

Henrietta Brewer
May 27, 2021

The province had been entering Phase 3 of its restart plan when case counts climbed to new highs in March, forcing a stop to indoor dining, adult group fitness and non-essential travel outside health authorities.

With the latest cases added, B.C.'s rolling seven-day average for new cases drops to 327.

The plan shows a return to near-normal in just over a month if cases and hospitalizations keep going down and the rate of vaccinations keeps rising.

Currently, 296 individuals are in hospital, 97 of whom are in intensive care.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says more specifics will come out later this week about what the size limits will be on religious gatherings.

When it comes to vaccines, 2,979,951 doses have been administered, 152,010 of which are second doses.

On Tuesday, the BC government unveiled its restart plan for the province, offering details and timelines for when there might be some semblance of normal across all sectors.

Personal gatherings of up to 10 people outdoors and five people indoors, and seated organized indoor gatherings of up to 10 indoors or 50 outdoors are permitted in step.

Provincial travel restrictions would also expire, opening up recreational travel across B.C., while up to 50 people would be able to attend outdoor sporting events.

Eighty-four of Wednesday's cases were found in Vancouver Coastal Health, and 109 were found in Fraser Health.

The island region has now reported 5,018 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, while B.C. has recorded a total of 142,636 cases as of Tuesday.

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